Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.3: 2012 Edition

This contains the results of the annual pupil census, annual teacher census, pre-school data and school estate data.

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Data on pre-school, primary and total teachers along with associated pupil teacher ratios for 2010, 2011 and 2012 have been revised to remove teachers who were double counted as a result of working in both sectors. Therefore these figures have been superseded, please use revised figures in the 2013 publication.

Main Statistics

1.1 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.

Pupil teacher ratios for publicly funded schools, 2005 to 2012

Chart 1

1.2 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). Overall in local authority schools the pupil teacher ratio increased from 13.44 in 2011 to 13.46 in 2012.
1.3 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.

Employment of post-probationers in publicly funded schools, 2008 to 2012

Chart 2

1.4 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.
1.5 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 (Tables 3.1 and 3.2). 99.1 per cent of P1 pupils were in classes of 25 or fewer. The overall average class size in primary was 22.7, the same as in 2011.

Average class size in primary, 2008 to 2012

Chart 3

1.6 Over the last five financial years, 2007-08 to 2011-12, a total of 403 schools have been substantially rebuilt or refurbished.

Pupils by condition of schools, 2012

Chart 4

1.7 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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