To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
(1) how many mixed year groups there were in schools in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire local education authority area and (b) in England in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement;
(2) how many mixed year group classes there were in schools in (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire local education authority area and (b) in England in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
The available information is shown in the table.
|Maintained primary and secondary schools: number of mixed year group classes and pupils in them( 1,2 ) 2003 to 2006, position in January each year|
|East Riding of Yorkshire local authority area||England|
|Maintained primary||Maintained secondary||Maintained primary||Maintained secondary|
|(1) One teacher classes. |
(2 )Classes as taught during a single selected period on the day of the census in January each year.
Source: Schools Census
Comparable information on mixed year group classes is not available prior to 2003 due to a change in the underlying data collection method.
It is up to schools to decide for themselves how best to meet their pupils' educational needs. Whether classes are organised in age groupings or in mixed age settings, it is important that teaching and learning is delivered at an appropriate level for the child.
The DfES published guidance last month to help teachers formulate the most appropriate grouping strategies for the pupils. It sets out the advantages and disadvantages of different pupil grouping methods to help teachers choose which strategy will suit them best. We will continue, through the National Strategies and our Gifted and Talented programme, to offer practical advice and guidance to schools on classroom practice so that they can make decisions about how to use pupil setting and grouping intelligently as part of their overall approach to tailoring learning to meet the needs of all their pupils.