Corbyn: Children crammed into 'super-sized' classes like sardines

Labour analysis shows increase in number of primary school children taught in classes of 36 or more pupils.

 

Children are being crammed "like sardines" into "super-sized" school classes, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

 

The Labour leader highlighted an analysis of Department for Education figures which showed more than 40,000 primary school children were taught in classes of 36 or more pupils in 2016, up from around 38,500 the previous year.

 

A total of 16,655 primary pupils were being taught in class sizes of 40 or greater while nearly half a million were being taught in classes containing between 31 and 35 children, the figures showed.

 

'Proof of a school system in crisis'

 

There were also 109 primary schools with more than 800 pupils in 2016, compared with just 16 in 2010 when the Conservatives came to power.

 

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