Class Sizes

Education and Skills written question – answered on 22nd January 2007.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools regularly conduct lessons in (a) English, (b) mathematics and (c) humanities in class sizes that exceed 60 pupils.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

The available information is given in the table and relates to a sample of classes conducted on the day of the census in January.

Maintained primary and secondary schools( 1) : Classes as taught( 2, 3,) as at January 2006, England
Classes with more than 60 pupils
Primary schools Secondary schools
Class activity Number of schools Number of classes Number of teachers Number of pupils Number of schools Number of classes Number of teachers Number of pupils
English, literacy or reading 1 1 1 80 2 2 15 275
Mathematics or numeracy 0 0 0 0 3 3 18 440
Humanities(4) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
(1) Includes middle schools as deemed. (2) Classes as taught during a single selected period on the day of the census in January. (3) Includes classes with more than one teacher (4 )Includes geography, history, economics and business studies Source: Schools Census.

The table identifies one class in a primary school with 80 pupils and one teacher. This was a nursery class in which there were two members of support staff.

No classes of 61 or more pupils were reported in city technology colleges or academies in January 2006.

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