Thursday, 24 September 2009

Earth shattering announcement???


In an earth shattering announcement yesterday by Education Secretary Fiona Hiccup, we are told that primary one class sizes are to be capped at 25; a variation from the SNP's manifesto commitment of 18.  I have no doubt smaller class sizes benefit pupils, but I'm more than a little puzzled, why the fuss? Average class sizes are well below this number already, and have been since 2001 - could it be that the Secretary knew this already, but felt she had to announce a sure bet with a view to trumphalising her success at some later date?

Seems to me that falling birth rates and rising investment over the last decade have more to do with this lucky coincidence than any single policy; SNP or Labour.

What are they going to take credit for next:  The number of earthquakes in Scotland since 2007? (figures here - amazingly there have been 3 recently, so congratulations are in order)

Average primary class sizes by type of class and stage, 2001-2008

Class Type
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
All
24.3
24.0
23.7
23.9
23.6
23.6
23.3
23.2
Single stage
25.7
25.5
25.1
25.3
25.1
25.1
24.8
24.7
Composite
20.6
20.2
20.1
20.2
19.9
20.0
20.0
20.0
Single stage classes by stage
P1
23.7
23.5
23.2
23.2
23.1
22.9
21.1
21.1
P2
24.8
24.6
24.3
24.6
24.2
24.2
24.2
23.6
P3
25.3
25.3
24.6
25.1
25.1
25.0
24.8
24.7
P4
26.5
26.3
25.9
26.1
26.0
25.9
26.0
26.1
P5
26.7
26.5
26.2
26.5
26.3
26.4
26.1
26.3
P6
26.7
26.6
26.3
26.2
26.2
26.3
26.2
26.3
P7
26.2
26.0
25.7
25.9
25.4
25.6
25.6
25.6

Figures here

1 comment:

  1. Fair dos, dunno why she would claim a target that has already been met though

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