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Schools - Class Sizes

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Wednesday 9 December, 2015

Class Sizes

The percentage of P1-P3 pupils in class sizes of 18 or fewer increased from 12.7 per cent in 2006 to 21.6 per cent in 2010, before decreasing to 12.2 per cent in 2015. Secondary class size information is not generally collected.

Class sizes in publicly funded primary schools

  Percentage of pupils by class size, P1 -P3 pupils (1) Average Class Size (2)
Year 18 or Fewer 19-25 more than 25 P1-P3 Primary
2006 12.7 50.7 36.6 23.6 23.2
2007 15.3 58.9 25.8 22.8 22.8
2008 15.5 62.6 21.9 22.6 22.7
2009 16.1 62.9 21 22.5 22.5
2010 21.6 53.6 24.8 22.4 22.5
2011 20.2 56.7 23.2 22.5 22.7
2012 18.8 58.0 23.2 22.6 22.7
2013 13.6 60.7 25.7 23.2 23.2
2014 12.9 60.4 26.7 23.3 23.3
2015 12.2 60.5 27.3 23.3 23.4

(1) The percentage of P1-P3 pupils in classes of 18 or fewer include two-teacher classes with 36 or less. Classes taught by two teachers at all times are treated as two classes of half the size.

(2) Data refer to the average class size of pupils in each stage, not the average class size of single stage classes. The total average class size is calculated on a different basis than the P1 to P3 class sizes.

Source: Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland 2015

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