HC Deb 03 July 1978 vol 953 cc91-2W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many composite classes there are in Scottish primary schools; and what studies have been made about the effect of such classes on the educational progress of primary pupils.

Mr. Millan

As regards the number of composite classes, I refer the hon. Mem- ber to the reply which was given to the hon. Member for Inverness (Mr. Johnston) on 17th May [Vol. 950, c. 182]. There is no reason to think that such classes are inherently unsound educationally, so long as they are formed with due regard for the needs of the pupils concerned, and so long as the work of each class is adapted to the abilities of individual pupils through, for example, the use of group and individual methods.