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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-01117: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce class sizes.

Answered by: John Swinney 14 June 2017

In 2010 we introduced legislation to reduce the maximum class size in P1 to its lowest ever level of 25, and we have committed £88 million to local authorities to maintain pupil-teacher ratios.

Our investment in teacher numbers will allow local authorities to take flexible decisions about how best to meet the needs of their schools. Had we not taken action to maintain teacher numbers, the number of teachers in our schools could have fallen further, resulting in larger classes with much higher pupil teacher ratios.