News: Large Class Size Figures in England Primary Schools

Official figures being highlighted today show that in January 2014, there were 40,000 primary pupils in England being taught in very large classes of over 36. Over a third of these pupils were in classes of over 40, and nearly half of those in classes of over 50. The figures also show 446 pupils being taught in classes of 70+.

Number of pupils by class sizes with one teacher.

  • Classes sized 31 to 35 taught by one teacher: 460,563 pupils.
  • Classes sized 36+ taught by one teacher: 39,951 pupils (Approximately 1,110 classes)
  • Classes sized 40+ taught by one teacher: 14,671 pupils (Approximately 367 classes)
  • Classes sized 50+ taught by one teacher: 5,817 pupils (Approximately 117 classes)
  • Classes sized 60+ taught by one teacher: 2,556 pupils (Approximately 43 classes)
  • Classes sized 70+ taught by one teacher: 446 pupils (Approximately 6 classes)

The data was released by the Labour Party, who are starting to set their stall for the 2015 Election Campaign in the UK.

The figures highlighted also show the numbers of pupils since 2010 – the number of infants taught in classes of over 30 has soared to 93,665 – up by 200 per cent. There are now five times as many ‘titan’ primary schools (those with over 800 pupils) than there were in 2010.

Number of primary schools with over 800 pupils:

  • January 2010: 16
  • January 2014: 77
  • Change: 381%

Number of infants taught in classes of over 30:

  • January 2010: 31,265
  • January 2014: 93, 665
  • Change: 200%

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