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More pupils, fewer staff

The 440,600 pupils who attended local authority primary schools last September represented an increase of 1,100 on the previous year. The number of teachers fell by 300, producing a pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) of 19.9.

There were 315,000 pupils in state secondary schools, a fall of 1,700. Teacher numbers fell over the year by 400, which gave a PTR of 13.2.

The worst primary ratios were in East Renfrewshire (22.4) and the most generous in Shetland (12.7). In the secondary sector, West Dunbartonshire had the highest average PTR of 14.4 while Shetland had 7.6.

More than a third of pupils receiving special education from local authorities, 5,300, are now attending units integrated into primary and secondary schools.

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