Primary teacher numbers at highest in over a decade

According to TES, there has been a gradual upturn in secondary teachers since 2017, but concerns over ASN and large drops in English and maths teachers since 2008.

The total number of primary school teachers working in Scotland is at its highest level in over a decade, official figures published yesterday reveal. However, the number of secondary teachers has fallen over the same period – 2008 to 2019 – by 8.7 per cent per cent, a sharper drop than the fall of 3.9 per cent in pupil numbers.

Maths and English experienced some of the largest drops in teacher numbers over the 11 year period: 16.7 per cent and 15.2 per cent respectively.

The drop, which comes at a time when the number of children with additional support needs is rising, prompted the charity – the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC) – to question how the presumption of mainstreaming could be “functioning properly”.

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