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The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN)

SSLN Latest

The Scottish Government (SG) has taken a decision to discontinue the Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN). The last SSLN took place in May 2016 and results were published on 9th May 2017.

New statistics on literacy and numeracy performance will be available annually from the teacher professional judgement data collection, starting with results from the 2015/16 academic year (published on 13 December 2016).  This has provided figures on children achieving curriculum levels in literacy (i.e. reading, writing and listening & talking) and numeracy based on all P1, P4, P7 and S3 pupils by school, local authority, deprivation breakdown and nationally.  This information is available here.
In addition, once introduced from August 2017, schools and local authorities will have access to data and information from new standardised assessments on aspects of literacy and numeracy that are to be used by teachers to help them with planning their teaching and learning, and contribute to their professional teacher judgements.

SSLN 2016 - Literacy Results

SSLN 2011-2016 pupil and teacher questionnaire analysis was released in May 2017. This presents up to six years of previously published questionnaire data with additional trend analysis and graphs:

SSLN 2015 - Numeracy Results

SSLN 2011-15 pupil questionnaire additional analysis was released in July 2016. This presents five years of previously published data with additional trend analysis and graphs:

SSLN 2014 - Literacy Results

SSLN 2013 - Numeracy Results

SSLN 2012 - Literacy Results

SSLN 2011 - Numeracy Results

Professional Learning Resources

Education Scotland has provided a number of Professional Learning Resources based on an in depth analysis of the SSLN results to help practitioners develop the literacy and numeracy skills of their pupils. Most recently, resources providing guidance and exemplification to support the teaching, learning and assessment of writing were published in May 2016.


Useful Links

For further information please use the following links: