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Class Sizes

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size is of (a) primary and (b) secondary school classes in England. (82456)

The available information is given in the following table.

Maintained primary and secondary schools: average class sizes1, 2as at January 20063 England

Average class size

Key stage 1 classes4


Key stage 2 classes


Classes in primary schools


Classes in secondary schools


1 Classes as taught during a single selected period in each school on the day of the census in January.

2 Classes taught by one teacher.

3 Provisional.

4 Includes reception classes.


Schools’ Census

Final 2006 class size data will be published in September.

The information provided in this response was published in April in the Statistical First Release: Pupil Characteristics and Class Sizes in Maintained Schools in England, January 2006 (Provisional):