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Size Of Classes, Shropshire

Volume 466: debated on Thursday 23 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Education what is the average size of classes in elementary schools in Shropshire today as compared to 1939.

The term "elementary school" became obsolete with the coming into operation of the Education Act, 1944. The average size of class in maintained and assisted primary and secondary schools in Shropshire was 28.8 in January, 1949. The comparable figure for 1939 was 31.0.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware, and can he tell me, of the steps actually being taken now to reduce the size of classes? That is one of the factors adversely affecting the operation of the Education Act.

Steps are being taken by training more teachers than ever before, and that is the only way to reduce the numbers in classes.

Is my right hon. Friend aware that if he can attain that figure in all the country he will receive the heart-felt congratulations of this House.