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 Therefore these figures have been superseded, please use revised figures in the 2013 publication.
Table 1.1 shows the number of school, pupils and teachers in publicly funded schools in Scotland. In September 2012 there were 97,985 children in 2,548 pre-schools, 370,680 pupils in 2,064 primary schools, 293,562 pupils in 365 secondary schools and 6,976 pupils in 155 special schools.
The proportion of pupils in special schools continues to be about one per cent, however the number of pupils in special schools has increased from 6,673 in 2009 to 6,976 in 2012.
The total number of teachers in all sectors was 51,410 which is 21 fewer than the 2011 figure of 51,431.
Although pupil numbers increased and teacher numbers fell, these changes were not large enough to change the pupil teacher ratio in publicly funded schools, which remained the same at 13.4 in 2012. Local Authorities agreed to maintain teacher numbers in line with pupil numbers as part of the 2011 Spending Review.
Table 1.1: Schools, pupils, teachers and pupil teacher ratios (PTR) for all publicly funded schools by school sector, 2005 to 2012
|Total (excluding pre-school)||713,240||702,737||692,215||681,573||676,740||673,133||670,511||671,218|
|Publicly funded schools||52,207||53,043||53,411||52,697||51,371||50,535||49,946||49,914|
|Total based in schools||50,757||51,886||52,446||51,765||50,599||49,821||49,065||48,738|
|Publicly funded schools(3)||13.7||13.3||13.0||12.9||13.2||13.3||13.4||13.4|
|Total based in schools(4)||14.1||13.5||13.2||13.2||13.4||13.5||13.7||13.8|
(1) From 2010 pre-school figures are not directly comparable with previous years. Pre-school centre count includes local authority and partnership centres. Pre-school teachers figures now include pre-school home visiting. See background note 3.12
(2) The 2011 pre-school and total teacher FTE was revised to 51,431 on the 3/5/2012 , see background note 3.4
(3) All school-based and centrally employed teachers contribute to this ratio. Includes grant aided pupils and teachers.
(4) All school-based teachers contribute to this ratio.
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