Scotland - Inroads into smaller classes

26th February 2010 at 00:00

The Scottish Government is within striking distance of achieving a deal that will reduce primary class sizes.

An annual survey of council education spending carried out by TES Scotland shows that 22 out of the 27 authorities who responded will be taking action to drive down class sizes for five- to seven-year-olds.

They will spend more than #163;5 million to meet a new target of having 20 per cent of children of that age in classes of 18 or fewer by August. It is expected to benefit 11,000 pupils in schools mostly serving deprived areas.

The most spectacular inroads to reducing class sizes will be in SNP-led Dundee, where 26 per cent of pupils are to be in classes of 18 or less by August, compared with 5.4 per cent at present.

Edinburgh schools will also witness significant change as 1,900 more pupils are taught in smaller classes - up from 6 per cent to 20 per cent.

Only Glasgow remains opposed to what it calls a "reactionary, universalist reduction in class sizes across the board". NM.

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