Shetland's primary schools fail to meet targets in reading, writing and maths

According to a survey carried out by the Sunday Times, more primary schools in Shetland have failed to meet attainment targets in reading, writing and maths for their final year pupils this year than in 2005.

The report was produced by the Sunday Times from figures gained through a Freedom Of Information inquiry put to all of Scotland's 32 local authorities.

This week Shetland Islands Council said that small class sizes had distorted the results of the survey. Due to the small numbers involved the council's education department does not look at figures from one year only because small class sizes means that individual pupils could be identified.

The Sunday Times stated that Shetland Islands Council was one of just four local authorities in Scotland ­out of 28 authorities for which figures were issued where standards had fallen in all three main subjects this year compared to last year. The other areas were Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway and the Western Isles.

More primary seven pupils failing three Rs (Shetland Times, 3 November 2006)