Number of supersize classrooms on rise
THE number of “supersized” Scottish primary school with classes of more than 30 children has risen by more than one-third, according to analysis by the Liberal Democrats
Between 2012 and 2016, the number of these classes rose from 1,687 to 2,287 with 71, 309 children affected, up from 52,445 over the period. The figures have also been rising steadily year-on-year during that time.
The Scottish LibDems blame the increase on SNP “mismanagement”, arguing that rising class sizes makes the key Scottish Government priority of closing the gap in attainment between affluent pupils and the less well-off harder to attain.
The party’s education spokesman Tavish Scott said: “We already know that the average class size is at its highest in years. Now these new figures reveal that the number of children being taught in supersize classes has soared.
“Almost 20,000 more children are being taught in classes of 30 or above compared to 2012. There are 143 more supersize classes in Glasgow and approaching 100 additional large classes in Edinburgh.
“Smaller classes do help pupils learn and help teachers contact with children who need extra help. So increasing class sizes make it harder to close the attainment gap.”
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “In 2010, we legislated to reduce the maximum class size in Primary 1 to 25, its lowest-ever level.
“We are reforming the education system to close the poverty-related attainment gap and target resources at the children, schools and communities which most need them.”