Islands are the best place to live for children

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The Scottish Islands have topped the list of the best places to bring up children in Scotland.

The ‘Children’s Quality of Life’ survey, published today (Monday) by the Bank of Scotland placed the Western Isles third behind Orkney in top spot and Shetland in second place.

The survey’s criteria was based on low primary school class size, high school spending per pupil and the fact they live in areas of low population density and little traffic.

Children in the highest rated places were are also said to be likely to be surrounded by adults who were in employment and who rated their own personal well-being highly.

Both the average primary school class size and pupil-to-teacher ratio in secondary schools were amongst the lowest in Britain.

The Western Isles has the lowest average primary school class size of 17.4 in Britain.

The survey comes just days after politicians and council officials from the three island local authorities met with education secretary Angela Constance in Orkney to discuss the high cost of education in the isles.

Top 10 Scottish areas

Orkney Islands

Shetland Islands

Western Isles



Perth and Kinross

Scottish Borders

Argyll and Bute

Dumfries and Galloway