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Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland, 11/12/13 [S]

Scotland’s Chief Statistician has published results of the Summary Statistics for Schools in Scotland. These statistics provide the latest data on pre-schools, pupils, teachers, attendance and absence, exclusions, and school estates.

Some of the main findings are:

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• In September 2013, 83.5 per cent of ante-pre and pre-school children attending centres had access to a GTCS registered teacher during census week, down from 85.7 per cent the previous year.

• 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. 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.

• 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. Absence from school due to temporary exclusion accounted for 0.04 per cent of school days, slightly lower than in previous years.

• During 2012/13 there were 21,936 cases of exclusion from local authority schools in Scotland, a decrease of 18 per cent from 2010/11 (26,844 exclusions)

• 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. 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.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

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

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