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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09036: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 26 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the ratio of pupils to support staff has been in each year since 2007, broken down by local authority.

Answered by: John Swinney 9 May 2017

The ratio of pupils to support staff in local authorities since 2007 is shown in the following table.

Table: Pupil1/support staff2,3 ratio by local authority, 2007-2016

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Aberdeen City

20.5

18.9

20.2

21.2

27.5

27.5

27.1

26.2

26.9

23.8

Aberdeenshire

23.5

23.6

23.1

24.2

25.5

26.4

28.2

29.0

28.8

30.0

Angus

29.2

30.7

31.7

29.5

32.1

32.4

33.1

33.5

34.0

33.3

Argyll & Bute

26.7

30.0

22.9

23.7

22.0

18.7

21.8

19.9

19.3

18.8

Clackmannanshire

21.5

22.4

24.6

24.0

24.4

25.6

25.1

17.8

26.6

26.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dumfries & Galloway

22.8

25.3

24.3

25.9

28.1

30.0

30.8

31.0

31.7

34.0

Dundee City

21.9

23.3

21.8

22.9

12.1

27.6

17.1

28.8

26.9

27.6

East Ayrshire

26.7

32.5

32.0

33.4

34.6

34.8

33.1

33.8

37.1

34.0

East Dunbartonshire

19.2

20.9

22.0

23.0

28.6

28.1

28.5

30.7

31.6

32.0

East Lothian

37.6

35.7

36.4

34.7

30.9

33.3

34.1

32.5

35.0

33.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East Renfrewshire

30.5

34.8

31.1

33.1

19.7

30.1

33.1

35.7

34.7

36.7

Edinburgh, City of

26.2

28.8

30.6

30.3

31.2

33.0

31.0

32.2

38.4

34.1

Na h-Eileanan Siar

17.9

17.5

17.2

21.1

19.3

21.1

19.2

21.5

24.1

24.5

Falkirk

25.3

24.2

24.8

26.7

28.4

28.5

29.2

30.4

31.7

34.3

Fife

30.0

28.0

31.0

27.9

29.0

30.3

30.2

31.4

31.5

33.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glasgow City

27.3

26.2

26.8

30.4

32.3

22.8

32.0

30.7

31.8

31.7

Highland

30.9

28.8

25.0

23.8

24.1

25.2

25.2

27.7

27.1

28.2

Inverclyde

22.2

23.4

22.5

22.1

22.9

23.6

27.4

26.7

27.5

27.2

Midlothian

28.8

30.7

28.6

29.2

27.6

27.7

31.7

32.7

29.7

27.9

Moray

21.5

20.8

21.1

23.9

21.4

15.9

13.9

13.9

23.6

24.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Ayrshire

26.8

25.9

27.2

28.4

28.2

30.0

29.3

29.3

28.9

30.0

North Lanarkshire

27.0

26.0

26.8

28.8

28.9

29.3

30.6

29.7

31.4

29.5

Orkney Islands

25.0

22.5

19.6

21.1

23.6

22.4

20.3

20.6

20.5

20.6

Perth & Kinross

31.9

30.6

27.6

30.4

30.0

30.3

28.4

29.0

29.2

26.9

Renfrewshire

28.6

32.1

32.6

33.0

37.6

37.9

35.9

37.0

42.7

36.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish Borders

35.9

35.7

33.6

34.0

32.4

34.1

33.9

35.8

36.0

40.9

Shetland Islands

12.5

12.2

16.7

15.8

16.3

16.3

18.6

19.2

19.6

19.0

South Ayrshire

28.8

30.2

32.2

31.7

33.7

32.0

31.6

31.2

31.6

32.1

South Lanarkshire

39.7

42.0

43.3

44.3

39.1

43.3

42.9

43.2

43.1

42.8

Stirling

34.7

31.5

29.3

29.4

17.8

20.9

30.8

32.0

33.6

33.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Dunbartonshire

24.8

25.2

20.6

23.7

25.1

25.1

29.0

27.8

27.8

28.0

West Lothian

30.6

27.1

26.6

28.2

30.6

29.8

28.9

27.8

29.5

32.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All local authorities

27.0

27.2

27.2

28.1

27.5

28.2

29.2

29.8

31.3

31.2

1. Pupil numbers include pupils in local authority primary, secondary and special schools.

2. Support staff are employed as one of the following: additional support needs auxiliary or care assistant, admin & clerical, behaviour support, bursar, business manager, classroom assistant, foreign language assistant, home-school link worker, laboratory assistant, library staff, music instructor, nursery nurse, office manager, other APT&C, other childcare worker (qualified), other childcare worker (unqualified), other instructor, school nurse or other medical, sports coach/coordinator, swimming pool manager/operator and technician.

3. Staff numbers include staff in local authority primary, secondary and special schools as well as centrally employed staff