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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06015: Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 10 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether, with the exception of children with additional support needs, there is any discretion to permit a local authority, other than changing existing class composition, to allow a child in a rural community to be placed in the local community school when class numbers, including composite classes, have been exceeded.

Answered by: John Swinney 13 January 2017

Yes, the Schedule to The Education (Lower Primary Class Sizes) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 permits a child to be placed in a Primary 1-Primary 3 class outwith the normal placing round without counting towards the class size maximum. Details of these provisions are set out in the Schedule to the Regulations and the can be viewed at