Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland


Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published results of the Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland. These statistics provide the latest data on pre-schools, pupils, teachers and school estates.

Some of the main findings are:

  • The total FTE number of teachers based in pre-school, primary, secondary and special schools, or visiting specialists, was 51,410, which is 21 fewer than the 2011 figure of 51,431. Of these 51,257 were in local authority schools compared to 51,276 in 2011.
  • In 2012, the pupil teacher ratio in all publicly funded schools remained the same at 13.4. In primary schools the PTR was 16.3, (up from 16.0 in 2011).
  • 75 per cent of teachers on the 2011/12 Probationer Induction Scheme were in permanent or temporary employment in publicly funded schools in September 2012, an increase from 66 per cent the previous year.
  • In September 2012, 75.4 per cent of pre-school children in centres had access to a GTCS registered teacher during census week, up from 74.9 the previous year.
  • The average class size for pupils in the first three years of primary (P1 to P3) increased from 22.5 in 2011 to 22.6 in 2012. The percentage of these pupils who were in class sizes of 18 or fewer dropped from 20.2 per cent in 2011 to 18.8 per cent in 2012. 99.1 per cent of P1 pupils were in classes of 25 or fewer.
  • Over the last five financial years, 2007-08 to 2011-12, a total of 403 schools have been substantially rebuilt or refurbished.
  • The proportion of schools reported as being in good or satisfactory condition has increased from 61 per cent in April 2007 to 82 per cent in April 2012. The number of pupils educated in poor or bad condition schools has decreased from 256,794 (37 per cent of pupils) in April 2007 to 109,692 (16 per cent of pupils) in April 2012.

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