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Class Sizes

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were in classes of 31 or more in (a) infant and (b) primary schools in Stoke-on-Trent in each year since 1996–97. [119156]

The information requested is shown in the table.

Maintained primary schools: Stoke-on-Trent local education authority
Number of pupils in classes of 31 or more taught by one teacher
JanuaryKey stage 1Total primary
1997111,25431,492
199822,5257,465
199922,2246,689
200027504,909
200121624,037
20022622,648
20032,3,42822,284
1 Before local government reorganisation. Prior to 1998 Stoke-on-Trent was included with Staffordshire.
2 After local government reorganisation. Figures from 1998 onwards are not directly comparable to those for 1997.
3 The Key stage 1 total relates to 9 classes and each of these classes contained children who were exceptions permitted by legislation. These permitted exceptions resulted in a class of more than 30.
4 Provisional. Final figures will be published in September 2003.

Source:

Annual Schools' Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations he has received regarding school class sizes.[120775]

There have been no recent substantial representations made to this Department regarding school class sizes, although during the last quarter, we received 18 letters, mainly from parents, relating to various class size issues.