Local MP Jo Swinson is calling on SNP Ministers to take action after figures for education revealed the extent to which the SNP are letting down local teachers, pupils and parents.
In the seven years that the SNP have been in charge of education in Scotland, the number of teachers has dropped from 55,100 to 50,824. Teacher numbers in East Dunbartonshire have also fallen in that time and in the last year there has been a reduction in the number of local primary and special school teachers as well.
“While the SNP campaigned for independence they took their eye off the ball in supporting crucial services and now local teachers, pupils and parents are paying the price.
“The pupil-teacher ratio has increased in our local schools from 2007-2014 and the SNP Government have failed to deliver on their promise to reduce class sizes to 18 or less. The average class size for P1-P3 pupils has actually increased under the SNP Government and locally 9 out of 10 P1-P3 pupils are being taught in classes of more than 18. The UK Government has invested £2.5billion extra in schools through the Pupil Premium to support poorer pupils in particular. It’s time the SNP stopped obsessing about independence and focused on our education system.”
Notes to editors
Table 1.1: The number of teachers in publicly funded schools in Scotland from 2007 – 2014
Table 6.1: The number of teachers in publicly funded schools in East Dunbartonshire in 2007 was 1,249
Table 2.1: The number of teachers in publicly funded schools in East Dunbartonshire in 2014 was 1,222
Table 2.2: The pupil-teacher ratio in schools in East Dunbartonshire has increased from 13.1 in 2007 to 13.6 in 2014
Table 3.4: Percentage of P1-P3 pupils in classes of size 18 or less by local authority