Publication - Statistics

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

Published: 11 Dec 2012
Part of:
Statistics
ISBN:
9781782562771

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

Contents
Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.3: 2012 Edition
Page 12

Table 3.2 shows the average class size for pupils in primary school. Class size data are not collected in the secondary sector as class size varies widely across subjects.

The overall average class size in primary was 22.7 in 2012, remaining the same as 2011.

The average class size for a P1-P3 pupil in 2012 was 22.6, up from 22.5 in 2011. As part of the 2010 budget agreement local authorities were committed to maintaining pupil teacher ratios in P1-P3. It is not possible to calculate P1-P3 pupil teacher ratios from the census data, and average class size, together with overall pupil teacher ratios in primary (see table 1.1) are considered the nearest proxy measures.

Table 3.2: Average class size of primary school pupils(1), 2006 to 2012

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
P1 23.1 20.9 21.0 21.1 21.1 20.5 20.6
P2 23.7 23.5 23.0 22.8 22.8 23.3 23.3
P3 24.1 24.0 24.0 23.7 23.4 23.9 24.0
P1-P3 23.6 22.8 22.6 22.5 22.4 22.5 22.6
primary 23.2 22.8 22.7 22.5 22.5 22.7 22.7

(1) 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, see background note 3.6


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