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    Monday, July 31, 2017

    More than 500,000 primary school children are taught in super-sized classes of over 30 pupils

    The number in classes of 31 to 35 pupils has reached 503,591, up by more than 5,000 in 2016. MORE than half a million primary school children in England are being taught in “super-sized” classes , new figures show.

    Youngsters in the South East and North West are the worst affected, with more than 90,000 primary age children in each area in classes of over 30 pupils, according to Labour.

    Shadow Schools Minister Mike Kane said the numbers of youngsters in large classes was “sky-rocketing”.

    He said: “These figures expose seven years of Tory failure in our schools. The number of pupils being taught in super-sized classes is skyrocketing while schools face the first real terms cuts to their budgets in a generation.

    “This situation is unsustainable. If the Tories wanted to give every child the education they deserve they would ensure that children were not crammed into super-sized classes.”

    The analysis of Government figures shows as of January there were 503,591 state primary school pupils aged five to 11 – in classes of 31 to 35 children.

    That’s up from 498,152 the year before.

    In addition, 39,088 primary youngsters were in classes of 36 or more pupils, down slightly from 40,102 in 2016.

    Of these, 16,571 children were in classes with 40 or more pupils, compared to 16,655 the year before.

    A regional breakdown shows that 96,471 primary pupils in the South East were being taught in classes of 31 or more children, along with 92,049 in the North West.

    At the other end of the scale, 20,512 children in the North East were in large classes.

    The findings come amid continuing concerns about a continuing squeeze on school places.

    The number of children attending primary school has increased in recent years, fuelled by a rising birth rate in the early 2000s.

    This bulge is now making its way through the school system and recent government projections indicate that secondary school numbers in England are set to rise by almost a fifth over the next decade.

    More info at thesun.co.uk

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