Probationary Teachers (Employment Figures)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 26 June 2013.

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Photo of Mike MacKenzie Mike MacKenzie Scottish National Party

11. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the number of probationary teachers finding employment. (S4O-02302)

Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

Employment prospects for teachers generally, including probationer teachers, have been improving since autumn 2010. The latest indication is that more than 90 per cent of 2011-12 probationers were in teaching posts in March 2013.

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What percentage of primary 1 to primary 3 pupils are in classes of 18 or fewer, or are in two-teacher classes with a pupil to teacher ratio of 18 or fewer, and does that represent an improvement in the percentage as it was in 2006, immediately before this Scottish National Party Government took office?

Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

The percentage in classes of 18 or fewer is 18.8 per cent, which is up 6.1 percentage points since 2006. That is a growing trend. More significantly, in primary 1, where legislative sanctions now apply, the proportion of classes that are below the set class size is vast; a tiny number of pupils are in classes above that size, which is largely to do with special circumstances, such as allowing siblings to enter the same class.