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S5W-08158: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-07305 by Mark McDonald on 15 March 2017, how many teachers have worked in nurseries in each of the last 10 years, broken down by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) quintile of the nursery locations.

Answered by: John Swinney 30 March 2017

Data is not collected for nursery settings specifically, but for all centres providing the funded entitlement of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC). The following tables show the number of teachers working in ELC settings from 2010 onwards, broken down by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) quintiles, based on the location of the setting. This analysis is based on data collected through the ELC census in September each year.

Comparable data is not available prior to 2010 as the census process was changed in this year.

From 2014 onwards, data on centrally employed teachers in ELC was collected separately. This affects the breakdown by SIMD since these teachers work in various settings across their local authority, and therefore cannot be assigned to a particular or single SIMD area. This means that the results from 2014 onwards are not directly comparable to those from earlier years.

We have therefore presented the figures in two separate tables, with table 1 covering the period 2010-2013 and table 2 covering the period 2014-2016 and showing the number of centrally employed teachers which could not be allocated to an SIMD quintile.

Table 1: Teachers working in ELC settings by SIMD quintile, 2010-2013

SIMD Quintile

2010

2011

2012

2013

1 (most deprived)

499

449

451

378

2

554

496

451

408

3

627

547

528

442

4

579

495

441

385

5 (least deprived)

483

406

366

298

1. SIMD 2012 was used for analysing 2010 to 2013 data. There were a small number of teachers that worked in settings for each year that could not be assigned to an SIMD quintile.

Table 2: Teachers working in ELC settings by SIMD quintile, 2014-2016

SIMD Quintile

2014

2015

2016

1 (most deprived)

269

239

271

2

340

286

331

3

377

283

387

4

315

288

291

5 (least deprived)

290

259

268

Centrally employed2

210

213

225

1. SIMD 2012 was used for analysing 2014 and 2015 data, and SIMD 2016 was used for 2016 data. There were a small number of teachers that worked in settings for each year (apart from 2016) that could not be assigned to an SIMD quintile.

2. Centrally employed teachers cannot be assigned to an SIMD quintile as they work in various locations across the local authority, from the most to the least deprived areas.