Henry Hepburn

Ten years on, SNP pledge to cut class sizes fails

Classes pegged at same level as 2006, the year before start of party’s flagship plan

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The government has made zero progress in almost a decade on its one-time flagship education policy to reduce class sizes, figures reveal – and parents say the youngest pupils are actually now worse off.

New figures show that only 12.7 per cent of P1-3s are being taught in classes of 18 or fewer – exactly the same level recorded shortly before the SNP took power in 2007.

The party was elected after it emphasised its ambition to get P1-3 classes at or below that level, a move based on research that showed smaller classes had the biggest impact in the early years of formal education. But after ...

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