Primary class sizes : "Scottish Government failing schools, parents and teachers across Dundee," says MSP

10 September 2010

Over 100 classes in primary 1-3 in Dundee primary schools remain above the 18 maximum class size set initially by the Scottish Government in 2007, according to figures released by Marlyn Glen, the Dundee-based MSP.

Ms. Glen sought the information from Dundee City Council on the numbers in each primary class in each primary school in the current school session.

In areas such as Broughty Ferry, primary 1 -3 classes in Barnhill range from 24 to 35 in number.

In Forthill, with over 10 such classes, the numbers range from 23 to 27.

At Craigiebarns, numbers range from 21 to 27

In Glebelands, class sizes are between 24 and 29.

Both P1 classes in Fintry Primary have 25 pupils each.

At Mill O’Mains, the two P1 classes have 20 and 22 pupils.

At St Andrew’s Primary the class sizes in P1- P3 range between 20 and 25 .

Earlier this year, the council has selected 13 schools in the city which were given priority for smaller class sizes in P1-P3 to be 18 and below.

The information provided to Ms. Glen shows that in all of these schools there are pupils in composite classes from all or some of the P1, P2 and P3 year groups.

Ms. Glen said,

" These figures show how the SNP Government, with its empty, now-abandoned promise of smaller class sizes for all in P1 - P3, has failed schools, parents and teachers right across Dundee.

" Since 2007, Dundee City Council has never received sufficient extra money from the Scottish Government to implement this policy thoroughly and properly.

"That’s why only 15 out 29 primary probationer teachers were offered a permanent post with the council for the new session.

"Instead of nurturing the promise of primary education, the council has had to contend with broken promises for primary education by the Scottish Government."


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