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Teachers - Teacher Numbers

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Teacher Numbers

Full-time equivalent number of teachers:

 

 

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010(1)

2011(1)

2012(1) 2013 2014(2) 2015 2016

School-based teachers

50,757

51,886

52,446

51,765

50,599

49,784

49,026

48,691 48,620 48,335 48,395 48,746

ELC teachers

1,702

1,704

1,689

1,650

1,630

1,524

1,461

1,386 1,288 1,200 1,038 985

Visiting teachers

1,450

1,157

964

933

772

714

881

1,176 1,170 1,186 1,283 1,239

(1) Data on early learning and childcare, primary and total teachers along with associated pupil teacher ratios for 2010, 2011, 2012 were revised in 2013 to remove teachers who were double counted as a result of working in both sectors.

(2) 2014 teacher figures were amended in February and December 2015.

 

The total number of teachers based in early learning and childcare, primary, secondary and special schools, or visiting specialists, was 50,970, which is 253 more than in 2015.

Pupil teacher ratio in publicly funded schools in 2016 remained at the 2015 value of 13.7.

 

Pupil teacher ratios:
 

 

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010(1)

2011(1)

2012(1) 2013 2014 2015 2016

Primary

17.0

16.2

15.8

15.7

15.8

15.8

16.1

16.3 16.5 16.8 16.7 16.6

Secondary

12.3

12.0

11.6

11.7

11.9

12.1

12.3

12.2 12.2 12.2 12.2 12.2

Special

3.5

3.4

3.3

3.2

3.4

3.6

3.5

3.4 3.5 3.5 3.6 3.6

(1) Data on early learning and childcare, primary and total teachers along with associated pupil teacher ratios for 2010, 2011, 2012 were revised in 2013 to remove teachers who were double counted as a result of working in both sectors.

(2) 2014 teacher figures were amended in February and December 2015. These changes affected the national PTR.

Further Information

Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland