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Class Sizes: Primary Education

Volume 493: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many key stage 1 children were in classes of (a) over 20, (b) over 25 and (c) over 30 pupils in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (276512)

The information requested is in the following table.

Maintained primary schools1: Number of Key Stage 1 children in classes2,3. Coverage: England. Year: January 2009 (provisional)

Class size

Number of pupils

All classes


Over 20 pupils


Over 25 pupils


Over 30 pupils4


1 Includes middle schools as deemed.

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

3 Includes reception classes.

4 Includes all pupils in large classes, including those with excepted activity.


Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.