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Class Sizes: North East

Volume 496: debated on Monday 5 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were taught in classes of more than 30 pupils in (a) the North East, (b) Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 10 years. (285330)

The requested information is shown in the table:

Maintained primary1 and state-funded secondary1,2 schools: number of pupils in classes3 of more than 30 pupils—As at January each year in North East Government Office Region, Tees Valley and Middlesbrough South and East Parliamentary Constituency

North East

Tees Valley4

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

Number of pupils in classes of over 30

Number of pupils in all classes

% of pupils in classes of over 30

Number of pupils in classes of over 30

Number of pupils in all classes

% of pupils in classes of over 30

Number of pupils in classes of over 30

Number of pupils in all classes

% of pupils in classes of over 30

1999

75,720

389,610

19.4

21,300

109,210

19.5

2,040

14,170

14.4

2000

66,050

389,990

16.9

18,110

109,000

16.6

2,030

14,060

14.4

2001

57,500

387,080

14.9

16,710

106,820

15.6

1,870

13,590

13.7

2002

48,470

378,170

12.8

13,410

105,950

12.7

950

13,360

7.1

2003

47,770

378,370

12.6

13,440

103,830

12.9

1,660

12,810

13.0

2004

46,090

372,350

12.4

12,140

101,370

12.0

1,400

12,430

11.3

2005

44,240

366,680

12.1

11,180

100,440

11.1

1,150

12,230

9.4

2006

43,170

359,540

12.0

11,070

98,520

11.2

1,250

12,190

10.2

2007

39,010

351,140

11.1

9,610

95,800

10.0

730

11,560

6.3

2008

39,240

345,100

11.4

11,010

93,580

11.8

1,070

11,480

9.3

1Includes middle schools as deemed. 2Includes CTCs and academies. 3One teacher classes as taught during a single selected period in each school on the day of the census in January. 4Tees Valley is Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees and Darlington local authorities. Note: Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Source: School Census

The table covers classes in primary and secondary schools. There is a legal limit of 30 pupils for infant classes.