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Is this the beginning of the end for infant class size legislation?

23 June 2011

The number of parents appealing primary school admission decisions in England has risen year on year for the last five years with 42,000 families challenging decisions in 2009-2010. The average class sizes for five to seven year olds has also risen and unless more places are created these figures are likely to increase with the rising population.

Lambeth Council have announced that they cannot guarantee a primary school place for every child by 2015 whilst Jesse Gray Primary School in Nottinghamshire are to build an extra classroom to accommodate an additional 30 pupils who had originally been told that they did not have a place at the school.

With nearly 10,000 pupils being taught in classes unlawfully above the limit in January 2011, infant class size legislation has been gradually eroded over the years. This is set to continue with the draft admissions code allowing the infant class size limit of 30 to be exceeded in circumstances such as multiple-birth siblings and children of armed forces personnel.

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