BBC Scotland has more than 800 words today under the heading: Scottish school subjects could be axed due to cuts, union warns but not one word on the pupil-teacher ratio, that most important piece of information in assessing how well schools are resourced in Scotland.
The piece opens with:
Some school subjects will have to scrapped as a result of the Scottish government’s budget, a teaching union chief has said.
The general secretary of School Leaders Scotland claimed the number of pupils per class would also rise, with teacher vacancies to remain unfilled.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-64017092
We’ve been here before with police officer, firefighter, health visitor, nurse, doctor and even bed numbers, with always the same answer. After 15 years of SNP administration, Scotland’s public health services are far better staffed than those in the other UK nations.
In 2019 in the run-up to the General Election, BBC Scotland told us:
The number of teachers in Scotland is at a ten-year high. The number topped 52 000. That’s up nearly 300 on the last year’s total
In 2018 it was 13.8 pupils for every teacher. That was an improvement on 13.9 in 2017. In primary schools the ratio was 16.1 and in secondary schools, 12.3.
As with A&E statistics, we didn’t get any idea of how comparatively good or bad this was but, in England, the ratios were far worse at 20.9 pupils per teacher in primary schools and 16.3 in secondary schools, 33.9% and 24.5% worse.
So, in Secondary Schools, a better ratio by 24.5%.
There are over 300 000 pupils in Scottish Secondary schools. They have with the 12.3/1 ratio, more than 24 000 teachers but, with a 16.3/1 ratio like England, would have 24.5% fewer, only 18 000!