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Funding Needed To Keep Cumbrian Class Sizes Down - Farron

July 18, 2016 2:13 PM

Tim making a speechThe government must provide Cumbria's schools with the funds needed to keep class sizes down, according to South Lakes MP Tim Farron. Many pupils are already taught in classes over the recommended size, and growing pupil numbers will only increase this pressure.

Almost 2% of Cumbrian pupils in Years 1 and 2 are taught in classes of more than 30 students, which is the government's legal class size limit for this age group.

For older pupils, this figure is even higher. More than 1 in 7 Cumbrian students in Years 3,4,5 and 6 are in classes of more than 30. This figure equates to over two and a half thousand pupils.

Pressure on class sizes is set to intensify over the next five years. Government statistics released on Friday reveal that primary school numbers are expected to increase by over 4% by 2020.

Tim has written to the Education Minister to highlight the situation facing Cumbrian schools and to stress the importance of smaller class sizes.

Tim said: "Class sizes are critically important, allowing our schoolchildren to receive the personal attention they need to learn and to thrive. Here in Cumbria, our hardworking teachers do a fantastic job. However, without additional resources, it is simply not possible for class sizes to be reduced. With primary school student numbers set to increase in the coming years, the government must provide the additional funds that are needed to plan for this. Reducing class sizes will drive up standards and give our young people the best possible chance in life."