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Infant class size – what is the limit?

19 August 2014

When the infant class size duty was established, it was widely well received as a step in the right direction. However, recent statistics have shown a steep rise in the size of infant class sizes. In 2010 1.8% of classrooms had more than 30 pupils. This has now tripled to 5.1% equating to over 93,000 pupils being taught in classes of 30 or more.

The legal duty has not changed since 2010 and schools must ensure the limit of 30 pupils to a single teacher is achieved. The current consultation on the Admissions Code does not alter this and may worsen the situation as priority for places is being suggested for pupils attending a school nursery who receive the early years pupil premium. This may require more schools to increase class sizes to meet increased demand. Given the importance of the first few years of education, it is important that this is properly addressed to ensure all pupils are given the best chance to fulfil their potential.

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