No backing down on primary class sizes

The Government has made clear its determination to limit class sizes in the first three primary years to 30 pupils irrespective of the effect it may have on parental choice.

The position was spelt out by the Department for Education and Employment south of the border but it will reinforce assertions by Brian Wilson, the Scottish Education Minister, who has restated his commitment to the policy in the face of claims he was watering it down.

A DFEE consultation document on the White Paper Excellence in Schools states: "Reducing class size may mean limiting the number of places available for admission to some primary and infant schools.

"The legislation will also need to preclude admission appeal committee decisions which would result in such classes of more than 30 pupils."

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