Maths week: SNP and Scottish education doesn’t always add up

Make Maths Count

In the spirit of Maths week across Scotland, SEAS sets teachers and schools some  numbers questions that will allow classrooms to get involved in social maths and discuss challenging problems. First up Scottish education: –

Maths Week Scotland

Number problems in Scottish education


  1. In 2007, there were 53,411 teachers in Scottish schools, by 2016 the number had declined to 49,9985. How many fewer teachers are there?


  1. In 2009 there were 3402 teachers for support for learning, by 2016 this number had fallen to 2896. How many fewer teachers for support for learning are there now?


  1. In 2015, there were 680,009 pupils in Scottish schools. About 25% of the pupils had been identified as having additional support needs, how many pupils were identified as having support for learning needs across Scotland?


  1. In 1016 a national survey showed that 44% of pupils in special schools felt they were doing well. In 2016 there were 6735 pupils in special schools, how many felt they were doing well? How many felt they were not doing well?

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