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Scottish Exchange of Data (ScotXed)

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The ScotXed Unit is part of Education Analytical Services Division within the Learning and Justice Directorate of the Scottish Government.

The unit, headed by Albert King, is located at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh. We support and develop a significant number of secure, efficient and effective electronic data exchanges between partners in the Scottish Government and wider service communities. ScotXed initially collected data solely for the Learning and Justice Directorate but is now being used more widely within the Scottish Government and its agencies. Data collections include the pupil and staff censuses, Looked After Children, Mental Health Benchmarking and Drug Treatment and Testing Orders to name a few. To view our extensive range of surveys, please see the links within the Data Collection Topics section below or the topics menu on the left hand side of this page.

We provide data to our analytical colleagues within the Scottish Government for national and international statistical publications. Analytical products contribute to the evidence base for policy development and making. We adhere to the principles of the National Code of Statistics and the Data Protection Act (1998) when collecting data for research and statistical purposes.

We fully support the need to extend connectivity between those involved in service provision for children, young people and their families. We actively seek to engage and implement common standards and promote good practice in relation to data management. We are actively engaged in developing data management tools that will improve the security, efficiency and reliability of collections while adding value to data collected.

Another important aspect of our work is the significant role we play in assisting schools and local authorities benchmark the achievement and attainment of young people in secondary education. Insight, launched August 2014, is a benchmarking tool for attainment at the senior phase of a pupils education.

We operate and manage the national ‘School to School Transfer System’. As well as improving efficiency through the electronic transfer of key information, the system has been designed to improve the safety of pupils in the Scottish education system by supporting the work of the national Children Missing from Education (Scotland) (CME(S)) Service, also part of the ScotXed Unit. The CME team provides guidance and support to local authorities across the UK to help them locate young people missing from education.

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