Determining primary school capacity: guidance for local authorities

Guidance on the determination of the capacity of primary schools, with the aim of providing a consistent approach to calculating the capacity.


1. In schools where there are accommodation pressures, The Education (Lower Primary Class Sizes) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 allows for such classes to be taught by more than one teacher ("team teaching"), provided that the maximum number of pupils per teacher present does not exceed the prescribed maximum for that year group. Whether this is an option will depend on each Local Authority's own policy on team teaching. The use of team teaching will increase the number of pupils which can be accommodated in a specific class base.


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