Pupil teacher ratio among best in Scotland

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DUNDEE is bucking the trend when it comes to recruiting teachers and has recorded one of the best staff pupil ratios in the country according to new figures.

Councillors will be told next week that the staffing level in city schools was better than almost all councils in Scotland with a pupil:teacher ratio of 12.9:1 compared with the national average of 13.7:1.

Gregor Murray, deputy convener of the council’s education committee said: “The challenges being faced in recent years by many other councils in recruiting and retaining teachers are well documented.

“So it is pleasing to see that the considerable amount of work that we have put into the recruitment process for permanent and supply teachers in pre-school, primary and secondary settings is bearing fruit.

“We are in a positive position in Dundee where there has been a rise in the number of supply teachers, particularly in the primary sector and an ongoing recruitment process to further increase the number of permanent teachers.

“It has to be remembered too that this success has taken place against a backdrop of widely reported teacher shortages across the country and these figures can only be good for our young people.”

A report to the education committee, which meets on Monday (October 26), reveals that the number of full time equivalent (FTE) teachers this year, surveyed in September, is greater than in 2014, but there has been a similar rise in the number of pupils.

Last year Dundee had 1407 FTE teachers compared with 1412.5 in September 2015. Pupil numbers were 17,689 and 17,931 in the same period.

The report also notes that teachers working in pre-schools are included in the total number, but not in in the calculation of the pupil teacher ratio. It is only based on the number of pupils in the primary and secondary sector.

Dundee is one of the few council areas where teachers continue to be employed in pre-school settings and the report re-states the council’s a clear commitment to maintaining that.

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