1.1 The total FTE number of teachers based in pre-school, primary, secondary and special schools, or visiting specialists, was 51,078, which is 175 fewer than the 2012 figure of 51,253. (Table 1.1). Of these 50,932 were in local authority schools compared to 51,100 in 2012 (Table 2.1).
1.2 In 2013, the pupil teacher ratio in all publicly funded schools remained the same at 13.5. In primary schools the PTR was 16.5, (up from 16.3 in 2012). In 2013, in secondary schools the PTR remained the same at 12.2. (Table 1.1)
Pupil teacher ratios for publicly funded schools, 2006 to 2013
1.3 79 per cent of teachers on the 2012/13 Probationer Induction Scheme were in permanent or temporary employment in publicly funded schools in September 2013, an increase from 75 per cent the previous year. (Table 2.5)
1.4 In September 2013, 72.8 per cent of pre-school children in centres had access to a GTCS registered teacher during census week, down from 75.4 the previous year. (Table 6.2)
Employment of post-probationers in publicly funded schools, 2009 to 2013
1.5 The average class size for pupils in the first three years of primary (P1 to P3) increased from 22.6 in 2012 to 23.2 in 2013. The percentage of these pupils who were in class sizes of 18 or fewer dropped from 18.8 per cent in 2012 to 13.6 per cent in 2013 (Tables 3.1 and 3.2). 99.0 per cent of P1 pupils were in classes of 25 or fewer. The overall average class size in primary has increased from 22.7, in 2012 to 23.2 in 2013.
Average class size in primary, 2007 to 2013
1.6 Absence (authorised and unauthorised) across all sectors was 6.4 per cent in 2012/13, a decrease from 6.8 per cent recorded in 2010/11. (Table 4.1). Absence from school due to temporary exclusion accounted for 0.04 per cent of school days, slightly lower than in previous years.
1.7 During 2012/13 there were 21,955 cases of exclusion from local authority schools in Scotland, a decrease of 18 per cent from 2010/11 (26,844 exclusions) (Table 5.1).
Attendance, authorised, unauthorised, and temporary exclusions, 2012/13
1.8 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 2013. (Table 7.2). 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 109,704 (16 per cent of pupils) in April 2013.
Pupils by condition of schools, 2013
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