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A week in primary: 16 December 2016

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Primary class sizes continue to inch upwards, new government figures show. The average class size has increased marginally to 23.5, up from 23.4 last year and 22.5 in 2010. The P1-3 average, however, has remained steady since last year, at 23.3. Bringing in smaller class sizes was a key SNP pledge for many years, but that has been quietly sidelined in recent times. Meanwhile, the number of full-time teachers has increased by 253 to 50,970 – although a rise of 495 primary teachers was tempered by a fall of 102 in secondary. The pupil-teacher ratio remained at 13.7 for the third year in a row. ...

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