Date lodged: 1 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what guidance it publishes on (a) class sizes and (b) pupil/teacher ratios in grant-aided special schools.
Answered by: John Swinney 16 February 2017
The Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) sets out the pay and conditions of service for teachers (including class sizes) for teachers and associated professionals employed by Scottish Councils. As grant-aided special schools are independent of Scottish Councils and the Scottish Government, pay and conditions set by the SNCT do not automatically apply. It is for each grant-aided special school (as it is for independent schools) and its Board of Governors to decide if they wish to self-govern under the SNCT Handbook.