Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said the Scottish Government must do more to restore the status and strength of teaching after new statistics showed 43,193 primary school pupils being taught in “super-size classes” – 12,000 more than in 2012.
Supplementary pupil census data, published today, shows 43,193 primary pupils being taught in classes of 31 or higher at the start of the current school year. This compares to 31,175 in 2012.
There are currently 1,353 primary school classes with 31 or more pupils, compared to 977 in 2012.
Tavish Scott MSP commented:
“The number of pupils being taught in super-size classes has soared on the SNP’s watch.
“Classes of this size make it harder to close the attainment gap. Smaller classes help pupils learn and increases the amount of contact time between teachers and those children who need extra help.
“Teachers are the backbone of our education system. However, they have lost thousands of teaching and pupil support colleagues under the SNP. They have been inundated with paperwork and diktats too. That is why the Scottish Government needs to go much further than giving them a fair pay deal if it is serious about restoring the status and strength of teaching.