Thursday 6 September 2018 / 12:01 AM Angela Rayner / Education

Number of primary school infants in classes over 30 pupils has nearly doubled under the Tories

  • Labour analysis of House of Commons research has found that the number of children at key stage one in classes over 30 has increased by 91 per cent since 2011.
  • In England in 2011 there were 43,130 children in classes over 30 but this had increased to 82,358 in 2018.
  • This represents 4.9 per cent of all pupils, compared to 2.9 per cent 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 per cent increase, from 3,982 in 2011 to 12,400 in 2018.
  • 30 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 has 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. If Ministers really wanted to give every child the education they deserve, they wouldn’t pack so many five, six and seven year olds into classes of this size.

“Unlike the Tories, Labour would ensure that children aren’t crammed into super-sized classrooms by capping sizes at 30 for all primary school pupils.”