Primary classrooms becoming overcrowded


Immigration and a baby boom has seen huge rise in the number of children being taught in overcrowded classrooms, with some being taught in classes with more than 70 pupils, reports the Telegraph.

Figures obtained by Labour from the Department for Education reveal that six primary schools have classes with just one teacher to 70 children, while nearly 100 have classes with at least 50 pupils.

The figures show that 446 pupils are being taught in classes with more than 70 pupils, while 5,817 are taught in classes with more than 50 pupils to each teacher.

According to official data, both the Crescent Academy in Stoke-on-Trent and Southey Green primary school in Sheffield have the biggest classes, with 78 pupils to one teacher at each of the schools. They are followed by the White Hall academy in Essex, which has 77 pupils to a class, and Newdale Primary school in Telford which has 72.

Separate figures from the Department for Education, published earlier this year, show that the primary school population grew by 2.5 per cent last year, reaching 4.4 million children. However, there are growing concerns that there are not enough primary schools to cope with the rise in numbers.

An analysis suggested that at the current rate, the number of pupils in large classes will reach almost half a million by 2020.

However, the Government insists that £5 billion will be spent over the course of this parliament to expand primary schools, with 260,000 extra places being created to date.

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