The number of children aged between five and seven in large classes rose by more than 4,000 this year as the number of primary teachers fell, new government figures show. There were 20,700 five to seven-year-olds in classes of 30-plus children - 1.4 per cent of England's primary-school population. Last year there were 16,400 five to seven-year-olds in classes of 30-plus.
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