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Class Sizes and Co-education

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent research his Department is undertaking into (a) class sizes and (b) co-education. (120500)

The Department has commissioned and published research to assess the effect of class size on educational attainment and classroom processes (“Pupil adult ratio differences and educational progress over reception and key stage 1”. DfES Research Series RR335; “The effects of class size on attainment and classroom processes in English Primary Schools (Years 4 to 6) 2000-03”. DfES Research Series RR605).

While the Department has not commissioned research that directly relates to co-education issues, it has investigated interventions, including teaching in single-sex classes, aimed at “Raising Boy’s Achievement” (DfES Research Series RR636).

No current research on either topic is underway.