See that claim about fewer qualifications? More below.
Here’s what the Scotsman opened with:
‘Schools in Scotland have “undoubtedly” suffered a narrowing of the subject choice for older pupils with growing concerns of a “uniform” approach to the classroom curriculum, MSPs have been warned. And Nicola Sturgeon’s flagship drive to narrow the attainment gap in Scotland’s schools could by undermined by the diminishing range of options for pupils, according to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).’
When I see terms like ‘royal society’ and ‘royal college’ used to try to boost the credibility of surveys, I reach for my keyboard.
First, on the mythical teacher shortages, see these:
In UK, 16.4 pupils for every teacher:
In Scotland, only 13.6 pupils for every teacher
The number of people in teacher training in Scotland has gone up for the third year running, according to new figures.
There are nearly 4,000 new student teachers in Scotland this year.
The Scottish government also said the number of vacancies being advertised for more than three months had fallen sharply.
The latest Scottish government figures show the number of posts in secondary schools advertised for more than three months fell from 229 last year to 148 this year.
Despite the drop, that figure is still significantly higher than in 2016, when only 75 posts remained unfilled for more than three months.
The Scottish government statistics also show:
- Student teacher intake increased for three years in a row, reaching 3,902 in 2018 compared to 3,376 in 2015-16
- Growth in teacher numbers across all STEM subjects (Science, Technical, Engineering and Mathematics)
- 1,494 student teachers will start at secondary level, up from 1,226 in 2017
Second, on leaving with fewer qualifications:
‘For the first time more than 30% of pupils left school with a minimum of five passes at Higher Level or better, up from 22.2% in 2009/10. The gap between those from the most and least deprived areas achieving a pass at Higher Level or better is now at a record low, reducing for the eighth successive year.’
‘The proportion of 2017/18 school leavers with one pass or more at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 4 or above was 96.2% (similar to 2016/17, 96.3%); attainment at SCQF Level 5 or above has decreased slightly (from 86.1% to 85.9%) whereas attainment at SCQF Level 6 or above had increased (from 61.2% to 62.2%).’