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Primary Classes

Volume 202: debated on Friday 24 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will estimate the current cost of reducing all primary class sizes to 30 or less; and if he will make a statement.

The average size of classes taught by one teacher in maintained primary schools in January 1991 was 26.3. If local education authorities and schools were to organise their provision differently, pupils in primary schools could be taught in class sizes of 30 or less with the existing number of teachers in primary schools.