School Improvements

Raising Attainment

Monitoring performance and using the resulting information to secure improvement is an important part of the work of head teachers, school staff and officers within Children and Families.

 Standards and Quality Report  and Improvement Plan

Every year each school publishes a Standards, Quality and Improvement Plan which highlights the school’s major achievements and the plans for the future session.

Transferring Educational Data about Pupils

Education authorities and the Scottish Government collected data about pupils on paper forms for many years.  We now work together with schools to transfer data electronically through the ScotXed programme. Thus the Scottish Government has two functions: acting as a ‘hub’ for supporting data exchange within the education system in Scotland and the analysis of data for statistical purposes within the Scottish Government itself.

What pupil data is collected and transferred?

Data on each pupil is collected by schools, local authorities and the Scottish Government.

The data collected and transferred covers areas such as date of birth, Scottish Candidate Number (SCN), postcode, registration for free-school meals, whether a pupil is looked after by his/her local authority, additional support needs including disability and English as an Additional Language (EAL), and attendance, absence and exclusions from school.  The SCN acts as the unique pupil identifier. Pupil names and addresses are not passed to the Scottish Government.  Your postcode is the only part of your address that is transferred for statistical purposes, and postcodes are grouped to identify ‘localities’ rather than specific addresses. Data is held securely and no information on individual pupils can or would be published by the Scottish Government.

Providing national identity and ethnic background data is entirely voluntary.  You can choose the ‘not disclosed’ option if you do not want to provide this data.  However, we hope that the explanations contained in this message and on the ScotXed website will help you understand the importance of providing the data.

Why do we need your data?

In order to make the best decisions about how to improve our education service, the Scottish Government, education authorities and other partners such as the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Skills Development Scotland need accurate, up-to-date data about our pupils.   We are keen to help all our pupils do well in all aspects of school life and achieve better examination results.  Accurate and up-to-date data allows us to:

  • plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of all pupils
  • plan and deliver better policies for the benefit of specific groups of pupils
  • better understand some of the factors which influence pupil attainment and achievement
  • share good practice
  • target resources better.

Your data protection rights

The collection, transfer, processing and sharing of ScotXed data is done in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998). We also comply with the National Statistics Code of Practice requirements and other legislation related to safeguarding the confidentiality of data. The Data Protection Act gives you the right to know how we will use your data.  This message can give only a brief description of how we use data.  Fuller details of the use of pupil data can be found on the ScotXed website (www.scotxed.net).

The Scottish Government works with a range of partners including Education Scotland and the SQA. On occasion, we will make individual data available to partners and also academic institutions to carry out research and statistical analysis. In addition, we will provide our partners with information they need in order to fulfil their official responsibilities. Any sharing of data will be done under the strict control of the Scottish Government, which will ensure that no individual level data will be made public as a result of the data sharing and that these data will not be used to take any actions in respect of an individual. Decisions on the sharing of data will be taken in consultation with colleagues within and outwith the Scottish Government.

Concerns

If you have any concerns about the ScotXed data collections you can email the Senior Statistician, scotxed@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or write to The ScotXed Support Office, Area 1B, Victoria Quay, Leith, EH6 6QQ. Alternative versions of this page are available, on request from the ScotXed Support Office, in other languages, audio tape, braille and large print.

 

Websites

You may find the following websites useful.

  • www.edinburgh.gov.uk– contains information for parents and information on Edinburgh schools.
  • http://www.parentzonescotland.gov.uk– parents can find out about everything from school term dates to exam results.  This site also offers information for pre-5 and post school.  It also lists relevant publications for parents and provides hyper-links to other useful organisations.
  • www.hmie.gov.uk – parents can access school and local authority inspection reports and find out more about the work of Education Scotland.
  • http://www.scottishschoolsonline.gov.uk – parents can find out about individual schools.  They can choose a school and select what type of information they need such as Education Scotland reports, exam results, stay on rates and free school meal entitlement.
  • http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/Bullying/Pages/Bullyinginfo.aspx – contains information for parents and children on varying forms of bullying and provides help for parents and children who are affected by bullying.
  • http://www.respectme.org.uk/ – Scotland’s anti-bullying service. Contains information for parents and children on varying forms of bullying and provides help for parents and children who are affected by bullying
  • http://www.educationscotland.org.uk/ – provides information and advice for parents as well as support and resources for education in Scotland
  • http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/ – contains information for everyone on equality laws within the government and local authorities.

 

Throughout this handbook the term ‘parent’ has the meaning attributed in the Standards in Scotland’s Schools Act 2000 and the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006. This includes grandparents, carer or anyone else who has parental responsibility for the child.

I hope you find all of the above information helpful and self-explanatory. If you have any queries about any of the information contained in this website, or indeed about any aspect of our school, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

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