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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13421: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 December 2017

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

Answered by: John Swinney 11 January 2018

In 2010, the Scottish Government legislated to reduce the maximum class size in Primary 1 to 25, its lowest ever level. Since then the number of P1 pupils in a class size of 26 or more has decreased by 90% from 6,896 in 2010 to 631 in 2017.

The Scottish Government is taking a range of actions to help increase the number teachers, including committing £88 million this year to make sure every school has access to the right number of teachers with the right skills, investing over £1 million through the Scottish Attainment Challenge to support universities in developing new innovative routes into teaching, and launching the second phase of our “Teaching Makes People” recruitment campaign. This action has halted a period of steady decline in teacher recruitment, resulting in almost 800 more teachers than there were two years ago.