Spending Per Primary School Pupil Falls 10% Since 2010

Research by the Scottish Labour has shown that spending on primary school pupils has fallen 10% in the last eight years, while the number of primary school students has increased by the same amount.

Scottish government figures show a 9.5% rise in the number of pupils since 2010, while funding per primary school pupil has dropped by 9.7%. The cuts to primary school funding are part of a larger patterns of repeated cuts to education. Real wages for teachers have dropped by 20% since 2007, and college maintenance funds are only 50% of what is required to maintain upkeep.

Scottish Labour claimed that these figures show that the SNP has failed a generation of young people by cutting £1.5 billion from frontline services like schooling. A 2016 report by Audit Scotland found that real terms school funding from local authorities had dropped by 7% - an example of the impact local authority cuts are having on Scotland’s education system.

Responding to the figures, Scottish Labour’s education spokesperson Iain Gray MSP said:

“These figures show categorically that the SNP has failed a generation of pupils.

“Pupils starting in 2010 will have faced constant cuts, year after year, during their entire educational experience.

“When will the SNP government admit that their cuts of more than £1.5billion to local government since 2011 is having a direct impact on our children’s education?

“In Scotland, we face a stubborn attainment gap and have a teacher recruitment crisis of the SNP’s making.

“What our schools need is not divisive reforms, but a government willing to make the investment in our local authorities, so we can build an education system that works for the many, not the few.”


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