The education of children

Performance - national qualifications, school occupancy

Service information

For more information regarding schools and learning within North Lanarkshire please follow the links below.

Performance information

Latest performance results are summarised below and a key showing the symbols is included at the bottom of this page.

Occupancy levels

The following two indicators reflect the extent to which primary and secondary schools are occupied with levels above 75%. Occupancy rates may vary due to changes in the number of children starting school and the way in which a school's capacity is determined.

IndicatorIdeal directionActual 2012/13Actual 2013/14Actual 2014/15Actual 2015/16Actual 2016/17Actual 2017/18Actual 2018/19Target 2018/19Progress status
% of primary schools with occupancy level above 75%Performance arrow - up 65.6%68.6%61.2%58.7%56.2%57.5%55.0%65.6%Performance status - red
% of secondary schools with occupancy level above 75%Performance arrow - up 62.5%58.3%60.9%60.9%60.9%56.5%52.2%63%Performance status - red
  • 55% of primary schools (66 out of 120 schools) in North Lanarkshire have an occupancy level over 75%, less than our target of 65.6%, and last year when occupancy was 57.5% (69 out of 120 schools).
  • 52.2% of secondary schools (12 out of 23 schools) in North Lanarkshire have an occupancy level over 75%; this is slightly lower than the previous year at 56.5% (13 out of 23 schools).
  • Our Audit and Scrutiny Panel reviewed this indicator in May 2019; this included hearing a presentation providing an overview of how school occupancy rates were calculated, the number of available spaces, optimum utilisation, statistics for primary and secondary sectors, and managing changes moving forward.

Co-ordinated support plans

We prepare co-ordinated support plans for children and young people with additional support needs. This plan outlines additional support needs, the educational objectives that have been set, and the support each individual needs to achieve these objectives. This indicator measures the proportion of plans completed within the statutory 16 week deadline.

IndicatorIdeal directionActual 2012/13Actual 2013/14Actual 2014/15Actual 2015/16Actual 2016/17Actual 2017/18Actual 2018/19Target 2018/19Progress status
co-ordinated support plan - % standard requests turned around within 16 weeksPerformance arrow - up 100%100%96.9%74.2%100%100%100%100%Performance status - green
  • During the last three years all co-ordinated support plans were turned around within the target timescale; this relates to 15 plans in 2018/19 compared to 10 in the previous year and 13 the year before that.  

Parent satisfaction

We monitor the quality of our service delivery in a number of ways; this includes using parent satisfaction surveys.  In addition, we have a range of measures arising from an annual HMI inspection questionnaire issued to schools.  This is based on parent satisfaction in terms of a number of key areas.

IndicatorIdeal directionActual 2012/13Actual 2013/14Actual 2014/15Actual 2015/16Actual 2016/17Actual 2017/18Actual 2018/19Target 2018/19Progress status
% of parents who strongly agreed or agreed with the statement - overall I am happy with the schoolPerformance arrow - up 94.4%94.7%96.1%85.9%93.7%90.4%89.2%94%Performance status - green
% of parents who strongly agreed or agreed with the statement - the school keeps me well informed about my child's progressPerformance arrow - up 88.1%93.2%89.7%66%86.5%77.9%86.4%91%Performance status - red
% of parents who strongly agreed or agreed with the statement - the school is well ledPerformance arrow - up 93.3%91.5%90.2%82.8%89.4%86.9%87.6%94%Performance status - red
  • For the 2018/19 survey a total of 852 parents responded.  From these responses, 89.2% (760 parents) were happy with the school, 86.4% (736) feel the school keeps them well informed about their child's progress, and 87.6% (746) feel the school is well led. 
  • Parent satisfaction levels for these indicators are derived from surveys undertaken as part of the HMIe inspection; parental engagement is part of the assessment framework.  Results are based on questionnaires returned by parents; not all parents return the questionnaire.

Cost of primary and secondary education

The following two indicators measure the cost of primary and secondary school education per pupil.  Costs include all expenditure and income relating to the education service, such as employee costs for teachers and all other employees, costs for repairs, alterations, and maintenance of buildings, school transport, school meals, and additional support for learning.  Costs in relation to residential schools and school crossing patrols are not included.  Pupil numbers are based on statistics provided by the Scottish Government and include all publicly funded primary schools in Scotland; the figures are from the pupil census taken in September each year.

IndicatorActual 2010/11Actual 2011/12Actual 2012/13Actual 2013/14Actual 2014/15Actual 2015/16Actual 2016/17Actual 2017/18
primary education - gross expenditure (£000)£131,535£135,858£136,195£134,035£131,465£136,218£141,239£143,289
number of primary school pupils26,20226,38726,59426,90527,38327,47627,49627,522
cost per primary school pupil in North Lanarkshire£5,020£5,149£5,121£4,982£4,801£4,958£5,137£5,206
Scotland comparisons£4,834£4,771£4,734£4,715£4,644£4,707£4,800£4,984
Family group comparisons£4,975£4,920£4,850£4,752£4,622£4,702£4,872£5,046
IndicatorActual 2010/11Actual 2011/12Actual 2012/13Actual 2013/14Actual 2014/15Actual 2015/16Actual 2016/17Actual 2017/18
secondary education - gross expenditure (£000)£134,998£126,766£127,502£132,602£126,560£131,887£134,240£136,058
number of secondary school pupils21,64521,52721,41121,06420,77120,55920,37120,376
cost per secondary school pupil in North Lanarkshire£6,237£5,889£5,955£6,295£6,039£6,415£6,590£6,677
Scotland comparisons£6,384£6,290£6,400£6,508£6,563£6,690£6,806£6,880
Family group comparisons£6,596£6,368£6,459£6,570£6,581£6,742£6,806£6,880
  • Unit costs for primary school education ranges from £4,372 to £8,749 across councils in Scotland.
  • North Lanarkshire's unit costs have increased by 3.7% from 2010/11 to 2017/18, this is similar to the increase in average costs for Scotland and the family group over the same period. 
  • The number of primary school pupils in North Lanarkshire has increased by 5% over the period.
  • Unit costs for secondary school education ranges from £5,910 to £11,559 across councils in Scotland.
  • North Lanarkshire's unit costs for secondary school education have increased 7.1% from 2010/11 to 2017/18, this is similar to the increase in average costs for Scotland and the family group over the same period. 
  • The number of secondary school pupils in North Lanarkshire has decreased by 5.9% over the period.

Cost per preschool education registration

The following indicator measures the cost of preschool education per child.  Costs include all expenditure and income relating to the service, such as employee costs for teachers and all other employees, costs for repairs, alterations, and maintenance of buildings, school transport, school meals, and additional support for learning.  Costs in relation to residential schools and school crossing patrols are not included.  The number of children registered includes all children from publicly funded pre schools in Scotland - it covers children registered for pre-school places funded by the local authority at September each year.

IndicatorActual 2010/11Actual 2011/12Actual 2012/13Actual 2013/14Actual 2014/15Actual 2015/16Actual 2016/17Actual 2017/18
pre primary education - gross expenditure (£000)£21,773£21,120£22,486£23,097£23,351£26,453£26,748£28,670
number of places6,2806,7306,8107,1887,0546,5186,4536,198
cost per pre school education registration in North Lanarkshire£3,467£3,138£3,302£3,213£3,310£4,058£4,145£4,626
Scotland comparisons£3,344£3,083£3,097£3,001£3,303£3,841£4,200£4,437
Family group comparisons£4,302£3,995£3,975£3,623£3,870£4,552£4,991£5,489
  • Nationally, the variance in costs for pre primary education across all councils in Scotland is substantial, with costs ranging from £2,469 to £6,874 per place. 
  • North Lanarkshire's unit costs for pre primary school have increased 33.4% from 2010/11 to 2017/18, this is similar with the increase in average costs for Scotland and the family group over the same period. 

Educational attainment

The following attainment indicators are subject to change in the future to align with new measures from Insight - the new Senior Phase Benchmarking Tool.

The indicator includes all S4 / S6 pupils within publicly funded secondary schools in Scotland, but does not include independent, special schools, or pupils outwith the education system (such as home school).

IndicatorActual 2011/12Actual 2012/13Actual 2013/14Actual 2014/15Actual 2015/16Actual 2016/17Actual 2017/18
% of pupils gaining 5 or more awards at SCQF level 5 or higher48%50%53%56%58%59%61%
Scotland comparisons51%53%55%57%59%61%62%
Family group comparisons46.9%51.3%52.6%54.4%55.6%58.4%59%

 

IndicatorActual 2011/12Actual 2012/13Actual 2013/14Actual 2014/15Actual 2015/16Actual 2016/17Actual 2017/18
% of pupils gaining 5 or more awards at SCQF level 6 or higher23%25%27%29%31%32%32%
Scotland comparisons26%27%29%31%33%34%34%
Family group comparisons22%23.5%25.1%26.8%28.8%30.6%29.3%
  • An improving trend can be seen nationally in the SQA level 5 and level 6 data across the years for which there is data.  This trend continues in North Lanarkshire, with year on year improvements and latest results higher than the average for the family group.

Attainment of children from deprived areas

The following indicators measure the percentage of children from the 20% most deprived data zones in Scotland (based on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation), who have attained 5 plus awards at SCQF level 5 by the end of fourth year secondary school (S4) and who have attained 5 plus awards at SCQF level 6 by the end of sixth year secondary school (S6).

The 20% most deprived data zones are the 20% of data zones across Scotland (not the 20% most deprived within a local authority) that are experiencing the highest level of multiple deprivation.  This is calculated using the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2012 (SIMD 2012).  The place of residence of the pupil, not the school address, is used to allocate the pupil to an area.

IndicatorActual 2011/12Actual 2012/13Actual 2013/14Actual 2014/15Actual 2015/16Actual 2016/17Actual 2017/18
% of pupils living in the 20% most deprived areas gaining 5 or more awards at SCQF level 5 or higher33%35%37%41%43%44%46%
Scotland comparisons29%32%34%37%40%41%42%
Family group comparisons30.7%33.7%35.9%39.4%40.1%42.4%43.6%

 

IndicatorActual 2011/12Actual 2012/13Actual 2013/14Actual 2014/15Actual 2015/16Actual 2016/17Actual 2017/18
%  of pupils living in the 20% most deprived areas gaining 5 or more awards at SCQF level 6 or higher12%15%15%17%18%17%18%
Scotland comparisons10%11%14%14%15%16%16%
Family group comparisons9.9%11.6%14.3%14.4%15.3%16.6%16.7%
  • An improving trend can be seen nationally in the SQA level 5 and level 6 data across the years for which there is data for pupils from deprived areas.  This trend continues in North Lanarkshire, with year on year improvements and annual figures higher than both the Scotland and the family group averages.
  • Across Scotland, substantial variations can be identified in level 5 and 6 qualifications, with figures ranging from 48% to 87% and 24% to 63% respectively.
  • When the results for academic achievement are considered as a whole across Scotland, the inequality between the most and least disadvantaged pupils can be seen to be narrowing by much less as all pupils have improved their performance across the period.

Positive destinations

The following indicator is subject to change in the future to align with new measures from Insight - the new Senior Phase Benchmarking Tool.

The indicator measures the proportion of pupils entering positive destinations, this looks at the percentage of pupils leaving school and entering education, employment, training, or voluntary work as a proportion of all school leavers.

The information for this indicator is collated by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) via a follow up survey which collects information on the destination of school leavers in March each year, approximately nine months after the end of the school year.  A school leaver is classed as a young person of school leaving age, who left school during (at the end of the winter term) or at the end of the school year, where the school year is taken to run from 1st August to 31st July.  School leavers who moved outwith Scotland have not been included in the results.

These figures reflect average performance at council level and do not provide a full picture of what is happening within individual schools or clusters.

IndicatorActual 2011/12Actual 2012/13Actual 2013/14Actual 2014/15Actual 2015/16Actual 2016/17Actual 2017/18
pupils leaving school - % pupils entering positive destinations87.6%90.4%91.5%93.1%92.3%91.8%93.5%
Scotland comparisons90.1%91.7%92.5%90%93.3%93.7%94.4%
Family group comparisons90.9%92.5%92.5%93.4%93.1%93.7%93.7%
  • The proportion of young people entering positive destinations in North Lanarkshire shows a year on year increase from 87.6% to 93.5%.  Our latest figures (93.5%) is similar to the average for Scotland and the family group.
  • Nationally, this figures ranges from 89.4% to 96.7% across all councils in Scotland.  Analysis of the broad national trends show that there is a systematic relationship between the percentage of pupils entering positive destinations and deprivation, where those councils with higher levels of deprivation have a lower percentage of young people entering positive destinations.  In addition, trends will to a large degree be shaped by the broader economic climate and the opportunities available within local economies.

While positive leaver destinations are measured by the headline indicator, there is also a range of secondary information which requires to be considered in building a more complete picture.  This includes information regarding initial and follow up destinations as well as sustained destinations and the category breakdown (e.g. employment, training, further and higher education).  Further information is available from the Skills Development Scotland website.

Satisfaction with local schools

The following indicator measures the proportion of adults surveyed who are satisfied or very satisfied with local schools in North Lanarkshire. Those people who gave no opinion on the service are excluded from the results.

The data for this indicator comes from the Scottish Household Survey which is undertaken by the Scottish Government.  Some caution should be taken when reviewing these figures as the sample sizes for some local authorities can be small, therefore national and family group comparisons are only indicative.

IndicatorActual 2010-14Actual 2012-15Actual 2013-16Actual 2014-17Actual 2015-18
% of adults satisfied with local schools in North Lanarkshire91.2%91.3%87.3%84.7%79.0%
Scotland comparisons82.4%81%78%75.3%72.3%
Family group comparisons83.7%83.4%81.6%79.9%76.4%
  • Satisfaction levels for local schools in North Lanarkshire remain greater than national and family group comparisons, although all have shown a decrease over the years. 
  •  The My Local Council online data tool provides further information and comparisons on these indicators to show how councils across Scotland are performing.

Further information regarding lifelong learning in North Lanarkshire

A wide range of statistics relating to attainment and leaver destinations at national and council level are available from the Scottish Government website.

Key to symbols
Ideal directionProgress status
The ideal direction of an indicator is the way we aim to see performance results change over time.  The two options are as follows:

We assess the progress of each of our indicators by comparing the latest performance results to target.  The traffic light system used to assess progress is noted below:

Performance arrow - up
  • high figures are good for this indicator
  • we aim to see an upward trend
Performance status - green
  • performance is on target and/or within the acceptable thresholds
Performance arrow - down
  • low figures are good for this indicator
  • we aim to see a downward trend
Performance status - red
  • performance does not meet the target set and is outwith the acceptable thresholds
  Performance status - blue
  • performance surpasses the target and exceeds expectations

For any queries, or further details regarding the performance information on this page, please contact the Business Solutions team.

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