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

Shockingly (or maybe not) 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.

class-size-300x240In 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.

What is a reasonable amount of children teachers can teacher?

What size of class should we really have in our primary schools?



Extra cash in school budgets in funding shake-up

Any thoughts on the funding of our schools?

_96977171_040630160Schools in England are being promised an extra £1.3bn over two years in their budgets, alongside a shake-up of how funding is allocated.

But the cash for schools will be taken from elsewhere in the education budget, such as spending on free schools.

Education Secretary Justine Greening told MPs she recognised there was public concern over school funding during the general election.

Labour’s Angela Rayner said there “wasn’t a penny of new money”.

Ms Greening told the House of Commons this “significant investment” would help to “raise standards, promote social mobility and to give every child the best possible education”.

  • More front-line cash for schools – with £280m being cut from the free schools budget and £315m from “healthy pupils” projects.
  • The DFE is promising £416m extra for schools from savings in 2018-19 and a further £884m in 2019-20
  • A new minimum per pupil funding limit will be set at £4,800
  • The Institute for Fiscal studies says the extra money is more generous than promised in the Conservative manifesto – and will effectively freeze average school budgets at current levels over the next two years.
  • But in the years between 2015 and 2020, the IFS says school budgets will have declined in real terms by 4.6%.

‘Finally listening’

Shadow education secretary, Ms Rayner, said: “They are not committing any new money and have not been clear about exactly what programmes they will be cutting to plug the funding back hole.”

But Jules White, a West Sussex head teacher who co-ordinated a campaign over funding shortages, said: “The government finally appears to be listening.”

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