Talking-up Scotland's Schools

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Ludo Thierry

Some further encouraging stats regarding Scotland’s schools (and Early Learning) released today. Good to see the SNP Scottish Govt and YES majority Scottish Parlt ignore the desperate Britnat hype and just keep focusing on shaping a School education which delivers for ALL Scotland’s young people. It’s called Doing The Day Job – and doing it rather well. Link and snippets below:

https://news.gov.scot/news/teacher-numbers-rise

Primary school teacher numbers are at their highest level since 1980 and total teacher numbers have risen by 288, new statistics have shown.

The overall number of teachers rose to 52,247, an increase of 1,530 since 2015 and the highest level since 2009.

Separate figures show the proportion of primary pupils assessed as achieving the expected levels in listening and talking, reading, writing, and numeracy has continued to improve.

Performance among S3 pupils has remained stable, with almost nine out of 10 achieving the expected levels in listening and talking, reading, writing and numeracy.

Speaking at St Peter’s primary school in Edinburgh, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “I am delighted to see teacher numbers continuing to increase, with levels at their highest in a decade and the number of primary teachers being the highest since 1980.

“Since 2006 there are now fewer P1-P3 pupils in large classes of 31 or more, which is particularly important as helping children in the early years is crucial if we are to close the attainment gap between the most and least deprived.”

Also note: An increase in the number of teachers in primary schools, combined with a decrease in the number of pupils has resulted in a reduction in PTR to 15.9 (from 16.1 in 2018).

The attendance rate for the 2018/19 school year was 93.0%, down slightly from 93.3% in the 2016/17 school year.

There were 21.6 cases of exclusion per 1,000 pupils in 2018/19. This continues a recent downward trend which has seen cases of exclusion reduce by almost half since 2010/11 where there were 40.0 cases of exclusion per 1,000 pupils

Ed: See this earlier comparative piece on exclusions:

Permanent school exclusions in Tory England soar to thousands of times more than in Scotland

There was a small decrease in the number of funded registrations for early learning and childcare (ELC) from 96,549 in 2018 to 96,375 in 2019. An estimated 11% of two year olds were registered for funded ELC, an increase from 10% in 2018. The number of teachers, graduate staff and staff working towards graduate level qualifications in funded ELC was 4,781, an increase of 559 FTE since 2018.

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

One thought on “Talking-up Scotland's Schools

  1. “Good to see the SNP Scottish Govt and YES majority Scottish Parlt ignore the desperate Britnat hype and just keep focusing on shaping a School education which delivers for ALL Scotland’s young people. It’s called Doing The Day Job – and doing it rather well”

    This is very true, I just wish there was some way of getting this out in public. Anything positive is reported on MSM (especially BBC Scotland) as a small or slight increase, usually with a qualifying “but…X & Y is getting worse” whereas anything negative gets blown up into “failing” “crisis” with no mention of any qualifying good news. This then forms the wider UK perception and is used as a stick to beat the SNP rather than anyone analysing and discussing the detail. I can’t think of any journalist who is taking time to delve beneath the surface and produce serious analysis of the facts & figures so thanks for at least highlighting this here

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