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News - 13 June 2014

Surge in population means larger class sizes.

 The figures from the Department for Education's annual census taken in January 2014 shows that there are now 77 primary schools with more than 800 pupils, up from 58 last year, while the number of infant classes unlawfully above the limit of 30 pupils has more than doubled since last year to 549.

 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“There are 8.3 million pupils enrolled in England's schools - up by 1% since January 2013, driven by an increase in numbers of primary age children. This is the fifth successive year of rising primary school numbers, after a previous long downward trend. The survey also shows that the rising school population is increasingly ethnically diverse and in which almost one in five primary pupils speaks English as a second language.”
 
There are 4.2% of infant classes over the maximum limit, up from 3.7% last year, with reasons such as admitting pupils who have moved into the area outside of the usual admissions round.
 
Ethnic minority pupils accounted for 60% of the increase in the number of pupils in primary schools, says the census. Almost 30% of pupils in primary schools are now from ethnic minorities - up by 1% since last year. But this varies from region to region.
 
In the 14 central London boroughs, more than 80% of pupils in primary schools are from ethnic minorities. In north-east England the figure is about 10%. In inner London, 56% of pupils do not have English as a first language. In the North East the figure is 6%.
 
Labour's shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt accused the government of creating a "crisis in school places" in which "thousands more children are being crammed into overcrowded classes, threatening school standards", and having failed to deliver "small schools with smaller class sizes".
 
A Department for Education spokesman said: "The average infant class size is up only marginally, from 27.3 to 27.4. However, we recognise the significant pressure on school places as a result of demographic trends over the last decade.”
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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