Publication - Statistics publication

Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.4 : 2013 Edition

Published: 11 Dec 2013
Part of:
Statistics
ISBN:
9781784121631

This contains the results of the annual pupil census, annual teacher census, pre-school data, school estates data, attendance and absence data and exclusions data.

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Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, No.4 : 2013 Edition
Classes and pupils

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Classes and pupils

Table 3.1 shows the distribution of P1-P3 pupils in publicly funded schools by ranges of class size. The Scottish Government is committed to working with local authorities to maintain the reductions in class size in the early stages of primary education seen in recent years, and will continue with progressive reductions in the future. In particular, one of the manifesto commitments, made by the Scottish National party in 2007, was to reduce P1-P3 class sizes to 18 or less.

At September 2013, 13.6 per cent of P1-P3 pupils were taught in classes of 18 or fewer (including those taught by two teachers at all times with a class size of 36 or less), down 5.2 percentage points from 2012. The number of pupils taught in classes of 26 or more decreased from 57,424 in 2006 to a low of 32,702 in September 2009, before increasing again. In September 2013, the number of pupils taught in classes of 26 or more was 43,644 which is 25.8 per cent of pupils.

Table 3.1: Class sizes of P1-P3 pupils, 2006-2013(1)

Class Size 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
1 - 18 19,923 23,563 23,835 25,039 34,351 32,580 31,101 22,992
19 - 20 13,305 16,461 16,220 16,535 14,293 15,121 15,655 15,995
21 - 25 66,220 74,446 80,151 81,332 70,687 76,499 80,243 86,854
26 - 30 56,516 39,482 33,423 32,327 39,087 36,679 37,805 42,908
31 or more 908 345 317 375 249 757 473 736
% in classes of 18 or less or in 2 teacher classes of 36 or less 12.7 15.3 15.5 16.1 21.6 20.2 18.8 13.6

(1) The percentage of P1-P3 pupils in classes of 18 or fewer include two-teacher classes with 36 or less. Classes taught by two teachers at all times are treated as two classes of half the size.


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