Microdata Teaching File

The Teaching File contains anonymised records on a limited set of variables for a random sample of 1 per cent sample of people in the 2011 Census output database for Scotland. Output categories are generally collapsed to high levels, and no information on a person’s place of usual residence is included other than that they live somewhere in Scotland.

The Teaching File is published on this website and is open for anyone to download under the terms of the Open Government Licence. It is primarily for teaching purposes and is aimed at:

  • encouraging wider use of census data;
  • assisting with the teaching of statistics and social sciences such as geography in schools and other education establishments;
  • providing an introduction to the kind of information that is available from the census.

Download theTeaching File (724 Kb ZIP)

A user guide has been published outlining what this product is, what information it contains and how it should be referenced.

The ONS published a document called Possibilities for exploring the data (external link), which gives details on the kind of analysis that can be produced using the Teaching File.

An updated version of the Teaching File was released on 29 October 2014 with corrections for the error discovered in the coding specifications for Industry (notified on 16 October 2014). Further information is available from the Revisions and Corrections page.

Equivalent Teaching Files for England and Wales and Northern Ireland (external links) have been published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) respectively.