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Class Sizes

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average class size in each level of education was in each of the last three years, broken down by education and library board area; and if he will make a statement. (80100)

Class size data in respect of post-primary schools were not collected at the time, and any attempt to do so retrospectively would be problematic and could be done only at disproportionate cost. The other requested information is as follows:

2003-04

Nursery schools and classes

Reception classes1

Primary2 (year 1 to 7)

Belfast

25.4

20.0

23.1

Western

25.8

8.6

23.0

North Eastern

25.2

8.0

23.8

South Eastern

25.6

12.9

23.1

Southern

25.8

12.2

22.5

2004-05

Nursery schools and classes

Reception classes1

Primary2 (year 1 to 7)

Belfast

25.4

17.2

22.9

Western

25.7

11.7

23.0

North Eastern

25.2

10.6

23.7

South Eastern

25.9

12.7

22.8

Southern

26.0

16.9

22.7

2005-06

Nursery schools and classes

Reception classes1

Primary2 (year 1 to 7)

Belfast

25.5

17.0

22.9

Western

25.6

13.5

23.0

North Eastern

25.3

10.8

24.0

South Eastern

26.0

14.8

23.0

Southern

26.1

20.2

23.0

1 These are classes consisting solely of reception pupils.

2 Any reception pupils integrated into primary classes are not included.