Class sizes soar in Kirklees since 2010

CLASS CONCERN Paula Sherriff.

CLASS CONCERN Paula Sherriff.

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The number of primary school children being taught in overcrowded classrooms has rocketed, figures show.

There were 31 pupils in classes of more than 30 – the maximum infant class size set by the previous Labour government – in 2010. This rose to 842 by the start of this year, Department for Education data shows.

Labour’s Dewsbury parliamentary candidate Paula Sherriff said: “David Cameron and his education secretary Michael Gove explicitly promised smaller class sizes but they have not just broken that promise, they have instead delivered the very opposite – a truly staggering increase in the number of overcrowded classes in Dewsbury and across Kirklees.”


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