Teachers in Scotland Census, 2003-
- Teachers in Scotland Census, 2003-
- Principal investigator(s):
- Scottish Government
- Data collector(s):
- Schools management information systems
Abstract copyright ADRN.
The Teachers in Scotland Census is an annual dataset collection of teachers in all publicly funded schools in Scotland, including primary, secondary and special Schools. The main purpose of the Census is to obtain accurate data on staff and staffing levels which can be used for monitoring and to support evidence-based policy-making. The Scottish Government hold electronic records of the Teachers in Scotland Census since it started in 2003. Numbers on teachers in Scotland prior to 2003 was collected using a separate School Census.
The Teachers in Scotland Census data are captured in the month of September each year from schools management information systems. Data are then transferred from local authorities securely to ScotXed for validation and checking before it can be used for statistical purposes. Each census contains approximately 60, 000 teacher records. The data are collected as at the week commencing Census Date in September of each year, and they are then available from December in the same year (previously in March of the following year).
A wide variety of information is collected on each teacher and includes their General Teaching Council (GTC) number, gender, ethnicity, nationality, date of birth, class contact time, whether they are part of a head teacher programme, grade, status, entry to post category, and reasons for leaving last post.
The Teachers in Scotland Census provides records on all teachers in all publicly funded schools, including primary, secondary and special needs. It does not include pre-school teachers. Data on teachers in independent schools in Scotland are collected separately by the Scottish Government using their annual Independent Schools Census. Foreign teachers on exchange in Scottish Schools are not included but details of teachers abroad on foreign exchange may be included in the Census.
Data from the Teachers in Scotland Census are pulled directly from individual school information management systems. The information on these systems has originally been collected from the teachers and so is of a high standard. Data from the 2003 Census may not be of as high standard as subsequent years as this was the first year of the Census and there was a change in data collection method.
The Scottish Government collects a wide variety of educational data covering pupils, preschool children, teachers, schools, and free school meal eligibility. Further information is available on the Scottish Government Education website.
Research Usage and Linkage
Whilst there have been some independent surveys and studies of teachers in Scotland there would appear to be little academic research using the Teachers in Scotland Census. Therefore the data could potentially be used to research a wide variety of topics covering subjects, classroom time (now only collected for promoted posts), or used to build more generic profiles of Teachers in Scotland over time.
As the General Teaching Council (GTC) number is recorded in the Census, in theory it can also be linked to the datasets collected by the General Teaching Council. It cannot be linked to the Higher Education Statistics Agency Staff datasets. A separate and unique identifier is used for these purposes.
Coverage, universe, methodology
- Time period:
- 2003 -
- Observation units:
- Kind of data:
Individual (micro) level
All teachers in all publicly funded schools in Scotland, including primary, secondary and special Schools, from 2003. Please note that the Teachers in Scotland census does not include information on pre-school teachers. Foreign teachers on exchange in Scottish Schools are not included but details of teachers abroad on foreign exchange may be included in the Census.
- Time dimensions:
Repeated cross-sectional study
- Sampling procedures:
No sampling (total universe)
- Number of units:
- Approximately 60,000 records per year
- Method of data collection:
Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Data are captured in the month of September each year from schools management information systems. They are then transferred from local authorities securely to ScotXed for validation and checking before they can be used for statistical purposes.
- Frequency of release:
- Data Updated:
Administrative and access information
- Crown copyright
- Access conditions:
- Contact the Network
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By principal investigator(s):
- Scottish Government (2010) Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, Scottish Government.
- Scottish Government (2011) Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, Scottish Government.
- Scottish Government (2012) Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, Scottish Government.
Resulting from secondary analysis:
- Riddell, S., Tett, L., Burns, C., Ducklin, A., Ferrie, J., Stafford, A., Winterton, M. (2005) Gender Balance of the Teaching Workforce in Publicly Funded Schools, University of Edinburgh and CREID.