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 5

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 Therefore these figures have been superseded, please use revised figures in the 2013 publication.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 2.2 shows the pupil teacher ratios in publicly funded schools for all sectors (excluding pre-schools). PTRs give, on a comparable basis, a measure of the size of the workforce given the different sizes of the pupil population. Scotland saw an improving pupil teacher ratio in local authority schools, with less pupils per teacher between 2005 and 2008. Over the past 4 years the PTR in local authority schools has gradually increased, reaching 13.46 in 2012. This is partly due to the increase in the proportion of pupils in the primary sector, which has larger PTRs. Figures vary across local authorities over time. The largest increases in PTRs this year were seen in East Lothian and Eilean Siar, the largest decreases in PTRs were seen in Argyll & Bute and Renfrewshire.

Table 2.2: Pupil teacher ratios in publicly funded schools (all sectors excluding pre-schools), 2005 to 2012(1)

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Aberdeen City 13.2 12.2 12.3 13.0 12.8 13.6 13.4 13.5
Aberdeenshire 14.2 14.0 13.7 12.8 13.1 13.0 13.4 13.4
Angus 13.9 13.8 13.3 13.2 13.3 13.0 13.2 13.2
Argyll & Bute 13.2 13.1 12.8 12.8 12.5 12.6 12.9 12.5
Clackmannanshire 15.5 13.8 13.3 12.7 13.1 13.8 13.6 13.7
Dumfries & Galloway 13.6 13.1 12.7 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.7 12.5
Dundee City 12.7 11.9 11.7 11.5 11.7 11.8 12.1 12.3
East Ayrshire 14.5 14.3 13.2 13.5 13.2 13.6 13.7 14.0
East Dunbartonshire 14.0 13.6 13.1 13.1 13.6 13.3 13.6 13.7
East Lothian 13.9 14.0 13.9 14.1 13.7 14.4 14.4 14.8
East Renfrewshire 13.9 13.3 13.0 13.5 13.6 13.6 13.7 13.5
Edinburgh City 13.8 13.6 13.5 13.5 13.9 14.1 14.3 14.2
Eilean Siar 10.0 9.3 9.4 9.4 9.2 9.9 9.8 10.2
Falkirk 14.0 13.1 13.0 12.9 13.2 13.4 13.4 13.4
Fife 14.1 14.0 13.8 13.7 13.6 13.4 13.7 13.7
Glasgow City 13.0 12.5 12.3 12.4 13.2 13.4 13.1 13.1
Highland 12.8 12.3 12.5 12.3 12.6 13.0 13.2 13.1
Inverclyde 13.8 12.8 12.3 12.7 13.1 13.5 13.8 13.6
Midlothian 13.8 13.5 13.1 13.1 13.7 14.3 14.4 14.6
Moray 13.7 13.2 13.2 12.9 13.0 13.3 13.5 13.4
North Ayrshire 14.3 13.8 13.4 13.2 14.0 13.8 13.7 14.0
North Lanarkshire 14.0 13.5 13.0 13.1 13.4 13.6 13.8 13.9
Orkney Islands 11.2 10.9 11.1 10.4 10.5 10.5 11.0 10.9
Perth & Kinross 15.0 14.2 13.6 13.5 13.1 13.0 12.9 13.1
Renfrewshire 14.2 14.2 13.5 14.1 14.8 14.9 14.9 14.6
Scottish Borders 13.7 13.5 13.0 13.1 13.4 13.3 13.2 13.2
Shetland Islands 8.7 9.0 8.7 8.5 8.5 8.6 9.2 9.5
South Ayrshire 14.2 13.6 13.3 13.6 13.4 12.8 13.2 13.0
South Lanarkshire 13.8 13.6 13.4 13.2 13.5 13.9 13.7 13.7
Stirling 13.4 13.7 13.3 13.6 13.1 13.0 13.2 13.4
West Dunbartonshire 13.0 12.8 12.2 12.4 12.8 13.1 13.6 13.7
West Lothian 14.6 14.0 13.3 13.0 13.3 13.3 13.8 13.8
All local authorities 13.7 13.3 13.0 13.0 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5
Grant aided 8.0 7.1 7.4 7.4 7.5 8.3 8.5 8.5
All publicly funded 13.7 13.3 13.0 12.9 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.4

(1) Includes teachers based in schools and centrally employed teachers.

One of the most important uses of the data collected in the teacher census is in modelling future changes in the workforce in order to provide guidance on the number of new teachers to train. Chart 1 shows the age profile of school teachers and the change since 2004. The age profile shows a peak at age 54 and 56, however the proportion of teachers aged 50+ has reduced since early in the last decade. There is also now a peak forming in the late twenties.


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