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Class size options under scrutiny

A list of options on cutting class sizes has been drawn up

A list of options is to be put before councillors in southern Scotland as part of efforts to cut class sizes and increase free school meal provision.

Dumfries and Galloway Council will be asked to decide its "policy direction" at a meeting next week.

A report to the authority's education committee outlines a number of possible courses of action.

It recommends that efforts to cut class sizes and extend the free school meal service be targeted at deprived areas.

An investment of about £250,000 would see free meals offered to P1 to P3 pupils at 16 of the region's 106 primary schools.

The report also looks at the issue of pre-school provision in the region.

It does not recommend any expansion of that service until it has been fully assessed.

However, the council will be advised to set aside £300,000 should it decide to extend the service in future.

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