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‘super-size’ classrooms on the rise

19 August 2014

The Guardian reports that Tristram Hunt, the shadow education secretary, will soon reveal that 40,000 primary school children are being taught in classes of more than 36 pupils.

Dealing with the influx of pupils following the baby boom and the anticipated pressure this would put on school places has been a government priority for the last few years. We have seen a number of initiatives to deal with the issue from relaxing red-tape to help good schools expand quickly to furthering the free schools programme, but has this been enough?

It is unlikely that this anticipated wave of ‘super-size’ classrooms was ever part of the solution. Primary schools have to be increasingly innovative in their use of space, continue to apply for scarce funds to build temporary classrooms and increase class sizes, whilst at the same time accommodating pupils’ individual learning needs. The pressure continues to build. Further action is urgently needed, before the shortage of primary places leads to a national crisis.

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