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Primary Class Sizes in Wales Remain at 30 or Under

Primary Class Sizes in Wales Remain at 30 or Under

Figures published today show the majority of infant and junior age pupils in Wales continue to benefit from class sizes of 30 or fewer.

This year is the first year that the infant class size count was included in the Pupil Level Annual School Census (PLASC) data collection rather than being undertaken as a separate exercise at the start of the school year.  

After excluding the exceptions permitted by law, the January 2013 Class Size Count revealed that only 25 of the 4,203 infant classes in Wales had more than 30 pupils.  

The Welsh Government has received, from the schools concerned, class organisation plans for the September 2013 school term to ensure that all their infant classes comply with the legislative limit.

The Welsh Government has also, since 2001, asked that junior classes contain 30 pupils or fewer.  At the time of the count excluding permitted exceptions only 53 junior classes had more than 30 pupils. This compares very favourably with 104 in September 2011.

Huw Lewis said:

“I want standards and performance in education in Wales to improve across the board.  We know the infant class size legislation we’ve put in place is popular both with teachers and parents. It is crucial that appropriate class sizes and adult pupil ratios are enforced, ensuring our young people receive the best possible start to their educational life.”