Over the past couple of years, researchers at the Fraser of Allander Institute have been working on a project to explore the effect of class size and composite (multi-grade) classes in Scottish primary schools on pupil attainment. Overall, we find some evidence that exposure to more experienced peers is beneficial to primary school pupils in terms of attainment. In this article we summarise some of our key findings from this analysis.
The purpose of the research is to investigate how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the mental health and wellbeing of the Scottish population. The aim is to understand the psychological impact of the pandemic on different demographic groups (gender, age, and employment status). The research also focuses on people who may be more vulnerable to the pandemic in multiple ways, namely those with long-term physical and mental health conditions and single-parent families.
The latest Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary webinar was hosted on Tuesday. The webinar was chaired by Graeme Roy, Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, who was joined by guests Douglas Farish, Deloitte’s Edinburgh Office Senior Partner and the new Auditor General, Stephen Boyle. Graeme was also joined by Mairi Spowage, Deputy Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, and David Eiser who heads up the Institute’s Fiscal Analysis.
Recent positive news on vaccine development raises expectations that 2021/22 will herald the beginnings of a recovery from both the health and economic shocks caused by Covid in 2020. With this backdrop, what are the implications for the Scottish Government’s budget for 2021/22 – due to be published on 28th January?