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Colleges Of Education

Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each college of education (a) the number of students for which the college is intended, (b) the number of students in the college during 1980, (c) the number of teaching staff, (d) the staff to student ratio, (e) the total annual cost of the college, (f) the current cost per student, (g) the maximum first year intake, (h) the first year intake for the current academic year and (i) the proposed first year entry for academic year 1980–81, differentiating between primary schools and secondary entrants.

The information requested, so far as available, is set out in the following table. Because exact information about the number of students involved in courses of in-service training is not available, student to staff ratios cannot be accurately calculated. No meaningful estimate can be made of the maximum first-year intake. No decisions have yet been taken on student intake numbers for the 1980–81 academic session.

Student Capacity*

Number of Students on pre-service and non-teacher Training Courses

Number of Teaching Staff

Total Annual Cost (Net)ş 1978–79

Cost per Student (Net)ş 1978–79

First Year Intake in 1979–80 Session



Secondary (including BEd)

Callendar Park40020241801,8932,35980
Moray House2,2001,3752072,952,3181,654155412
Notre Dame9006951071,712,2691,797115225


* Figures show student capacity at the beginning of the 1979–80 academic session: Certain of the figures are approximate, pending completion of negotiation for disposal of surplus accommodation and adaptations to existing accommodation.
† Derived from the latest information available from college returns. In addition, significant numbers of students are taking in-service training courses based in colleges or schools, but the number cannot be exactly stated because of variations in duration of courses.
‡ Estimates of numbers of teaching staff at 13 March 1980. These numbers include staff engaged on in-service training work (both inside and outside colleges), as well as those engaged in teaching students on pre-service and non-teacher training courses.
ş 1978–79 is the latest financial year for which figures are available. The net cost shown excludes expenditure which is covered by income, predominantly from student fees.