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School Classes (Size)

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 15 April 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) in view of the fact that Scottish schoolchildren's classes are so crowded that only an exceptional child can make the most of his education, what steps he is taking to remedy the situation;(2) what proportion the number of teachers employed in Scotland this year bears to the number employed in the preceding four years; if he will give the number of school teachers employed in the last four years; and how many classes have grown in size.

The table appended shows for the past five years the number of teachers employed and the total number of classes and for the past three years the numbers of classes of different sizes making up the total. In 1953, 90 per cent, of primary and secondary pupils were in classes which were below the maximum permitted size: and only about 11/4 per cent, were in classes which exceeded the permitted maximum by more than five. It is our aim to secure further reductions in the size of classes by the

Numbers of teachers32,37432,84333,53834,15134,924
Percentage of number in 1949(100)(101·4)(103·6)(105·5)(107·9)
1–20pupilsNot availableNot available4,8204,7894,758
Over 55"""172827

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of Scottish schoolchildren are taught in classes larger than the size fixed by law for English schoolchildren.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the table circulated in my reply to a Question by the hon. and gallant Member for Angus, South (Captain Duncan) on 16th March, which shows that in the 1952-53 session 28.7 per cent, of classes in Scotland and 39.6 per cent, of classes in England and Wales were over-size by English standards.