Pupil spend is above the na­tional av­er­age

But we’re no Orkney

Rutherglen Reformer - - SCHOOL - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil spend over £5000 a year per pupil in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang schools - above the na­tional av­er­age of £4560.

The fig­ure was re­leased as it was an­nounced South La­nark­shire had been named in the top 20 of best places to raise a child in Scot­land.

The area was placed 18th in a list of lo­cal author­i­ties in 2015’s Bank of Scot­land Chil­dren’s Qual­ity of Life Sur­vey.

The av­er­age amount spent per pupil at the two town’s four sec­ondary and 16 pri­mary schools was £5018.

Fig­ures, which in­clude sta­tis­tics for Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, show the area has an em­ploy­ment rate of over 75 per cent.

The av­er­age pri­mary school class has just un­der 23 pupils in it while at the area’s sec­ondary schools, the teacher-pa­tient ra­tio is 12.7.

Of the kids go­ing to sec­ondary, 79.5 per cent achieve five awards at SCQF 4 or bet­ter, be­low the Scot­tish av­er­age of 83.3 per cent.

Only two-thirds of the re­gion have ac­cess to broad­band, lower than the likes of the Scot­tish Borders. How­ever, this fig­ure is likely to be af­fected by ru­ral ar­eas in the south­ern por­tion of the re­gion, as will the pop­u­la­tion den­sity of 178.

Chil­dren walk­ing the streets will need to con­tend with an av­er­age of 1437 cars per square mile.

The area also scored well in the ONS sur­vey on per­sonal well­be­ing.

The Orkney Is­lands were named the best place to bring up chil­dren in Scot­land and the UK as a whole.

Shet­land and the Western Isles made up the top three on both a Scot­tish and UK level.

Ear­lier this year, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil com­mit­ted it­self to spend­ing £ 302.8m on ed­u­ca­tion in 2015/16, the high­est of any re­source in the re­gion.

Spend These Calder­wood pupils can ex­pect to ben­e­fit from £5000 spend­ing each on their ed­u­ca­tion

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