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More primary pupils in over-size classes

More primary pupils in over-size classes

The number of primary school infants in classes of over 30 pupils has nearly doubled since 2011.

Analysis by the Labour Party shows the number of children at key stage one (KS1) in classes of over 30 has increased by 91% over the past seven years.

In England in 2011 there were 43,130 children in these classes but this had increased to 82,358 in 2018.This represents 4.9% of all pupils, compared to 2.9% in 2011.

The analysis also found that every region except London has seen an increase in the number of KS1 children in classes over 30. The West Midlands has seen a 211% increase, from 3,982 in 2011 to 12,400 in 2018.

Thirty pupils to one teacher is the legal limit (with some exceptions) for infant classes. At KS2, the number of children has increased by 19%, from 318,515 in 2011 to 378,763 in 2018.

Labour says it is committed to capping class sizes at 30 for all primary school pupils.

Commenting on the figures, Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner said: “These figures confirm the Tories’ failure to provide a high-quality education for all of our country’s children. This situation is totally unsustainable.”

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