Classes (Size)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22 January 1959.

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Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth 12:00, 22 January 1959

I do not think we had better debate what the hon. Member was old fashioned enough to call the tripartite system at this stage of the afternoon. One reason for the difference is surely that classes are smaller for older pupils taking advanced courses in grammar schools. The average size of grammar school classes, other than sixth form classes, was 29·7;. The comparison here, therefore, is a little misleading unless one takes all the facts into account.