TEACHER NUMBERS RISE ACROSS SOUTH LANARKSHIRE

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TEACHER NUMBERS RISE ACROSS SOUTH LANARKSHIRE

New figures have revealed that teaching numbers are on the rise in South Lanarkshire – part of an increase nationally which has seen 543 new roles being filled.

Teacher numbers across the local authority area have risen from 3,202 to 3,282, whilst the figures across Scotland has increased substantially to 51,513. Since its introduction, the Attainment Scotland Fund, a Scottish Government initiative to support pupils in areas with highest concentrations of deprivation, has fully-funded 666 of the total number of full-time teachers.

Separate data has also shown an improvement in the pupil teacher ratio across Scotland, while skills in reading, writing, listening, talking and numeracy are strong – with the proportion of S3 pupils achieving Curriculum for Excellence Third Level or better being between 88% and 91% for each skillset.

Commenting, Blantyre MSP Clare Haughey said:

“These figures prove that the SNP Government’s approach is working for schools across South Lanarkshire and throughout Scotland.

“We now have 80 more teachers in South Lanarkshire than we did this time last year, and an additional 543 across Scotland. With this record of delivery, it is no surprise that pupils are performing strongly across reading, writing, listening, talking and numeracy.

“The SNP has made closing the attainment gap a key priority of this parliament – and these latest statistics show that our efforts are making progress on this. However, it is important that we don’t get complacent and keep working to improve education in Scotland, and these figures show a clear commitment the Scottish Government intend to do that.”

ENDS

Notes:

Further information can be read here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42322816

Table 2.1: Schools, pupils, teachers and PTR
Pupils – Headcount; Teachers – Full Time Equivalents (FTE)        
2016 2017
Teachers
Total (including ELC) 50,970 51,513
Pupil Teacher Ratios
Publicly funded schools(4) 13.7 13.6
(4) Includes school-based and centrally employed teachers. Includes grant aided pupils and teachers.

 

Table 3.2: Teachers in schools (all sectors excluding ELC)(1)
Full Time Equivalents (FTE)            
Local Authority 2016 2017
Aberdeen City 1,603 1,624
Aberdeenshire 2,655 2,675
Angus 1,125 1,133
Argyll & Bute 841 825
Clackmannanshire 528 513
Dumfries & Galloway 1,466 1,470
Dundee City 1,367 1,330
East Ayrshire 1,149 1,189
East Dunbartonshire 1,217 1,245
East Lothian 913 935
East Renfrewshire 1,227 1,265
Edinburgh City 3,213 3,281
Na h-Eileanan Siar 321 327
Falkirk 1,605 1,620
Fife 3,494 3,498
Glasgow City 4,869 5,020
Highland 2,355 2,365
Inverclyde 735 738
Midlothian 873 892
Moray 848 856
North Ayrshire 1,371 1,396
North Lanarkshire 3,474 3,502
Orkney Islands 260 253
Perth & Kinross 1,329 1,329
Renfrewshire 1,633 1,656
Scottish Borders 1,052 1,055
Shetland Islands 318 323
South Ayrshire 1,043 1,056
South Lanarkshire 3,202 3,282
Stirling 942 925
West Dunbartonshire 928 961
West Lothian 1,899 1,924
All local authorities 49,858 50,464
Grant aided 127 127
Total 49,985 50,592
(1) Includes teachers based in schools and centrally employed teachers.

 

Table 3.3: Pupil teacher ratios (PTR) in schools (all sectors excluding ELC)(1)
Pupils per teacher              
Local Authority 2016 2017
Aberdeen City 14.0 14.0
Aberdeenshire 13.4 13.3
Angus 13.3 13.3
Argyll & Bute 12.3 12.5
Clackmannanshire 12.5 12.9
Dumfries & Galloway 12.7 12.8
Dundee City 13.2 13.7
East Ayrshire 13.9 13.3
East Dunbartonshire 13.5 13.4
East Lothian 15.4 15.2
East Renfrewshire 13.7 13.5
Edinburgh City 15.1 15.1
Na h-Eileanan Siar 10.5 10.3
Falkirk 13.5 13.5
Fife 14.1 14.1
Glasgow City 13.8 13.5
Highland 13.1 13.0
Inverclyde 13.5 13.4
Midlothian 14.2 14.2
Moray 14.1 13.9
North Ayrshire 13.3 13.1
North Lanarkshire 14.1 14.0
Orkney Islands 10.4 10.8
Perth & Kinross 13.6 13.5
Renfrewshire 14.3 14.2
Scottish Borders 13.8 13.8
Shetland Islands 10.2 10.0
South Ayrshire 13.4 13.3
South Lanarkshire 13.7 13.4
Stirling 13.2 13.5
West Dunbartonshire 13.4 13.1
West Lothian 14.1 14.0
All local authorities 13.7 13.6
Grant aided(2) 9.2 9.3
All publicly funded 13.7 13.6
(1) Includes teachers based in schools and centrally employed teachers.
(2) The pupil teacher ratio for grant aided schools in 2011-2016 was amended in October 2017. See background notes for details.

 

Date published: 19th December 2017

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