... so, it comes as no surprise to see that BBC Scotland are leading on a class-size story today. Have a quick look at the detail in the story:
- Scotland needs an additional 2,173 teachers to deliver P1/2/3 class-sizes of 18 or less
- that will cost an additional (and recurring) £62million per year
- in order to accommodate these classes, Scotland needs 900 additional classrooms
- that will cost an additional (one-off) amount of £360million
... but, don't worry, everything is okay because (go on, read the article):
- the Scottish Government gave Councils an extra £40million (this year only!)
- that was just to keep teacher numbers static - NOT to increase them
- there are falling school-roles, so its easy to achieve smaller class-sizes with the same number of teachers, isn't it?
- no mention of very recent local SNP reaction/s to such an assumption??
- so, £40million this year when the Scottish Government claims the settlement to Local Government rose by 5%
- but, hold on, that £40million hasn't recruited one new teacher - just kept numbers static at 53,000 across Scotland
- and the Local Government settlement (revenue), as acknowledged by the Scottish Government, shows a decreasing rate of growth in the next 2-years ... 4.1% and 3.4%
- so, can we be certain of £40million next year?
- what about the minimum requirement of £62million, will that ever be given??
- what about the capital requirements of £360million???
- and what about local "SNP reality" as opposed to this educational 'fantasy land' we're being fed by the Scottish Government ...
Lower class sizes - yes please ... but its not free, in fact its very, very expensive; and when Local Government fails to deliver P1/2/3 class-sizes of 18 or less by May 2011, I can but hope-in-vain that someone, somewhere, will remember who is responsible?
I don't see any sign yet that the relevant Scottish Ministers will be honest about their failure ...
... "historic concordat" anyone? :-((