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Primary Education: Class Sizes

Volume 463: debated on Monday 1 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average primary school class size in English schools was in each year since 1990-91; and if he will make a statement. (150692)

Figures can be found in the following table.

Maintained primary schools: classes as taught1, 2

Average primary class size

20073

26.2

2006

26.3

2005

26.2

2004

26.2

2003

26.3

2002

26.3

2001

26.7

2000

27.1

1999

27.5

1998

27.7

1997

27.5

1996

27.5

1995

27.3

1994

27.2

1993

27.0

1992

26.8

1991

26.8

1 One teacher classes as taught in a single selected period in each school on the day of the census in January.

2 Includes middle schools as deemed.

3 Provisional.