DFEE guidelines set a ratio of two staff, including a qualified teacher, to 26 children. But the survey found the ratio was higher in a quarter of classes. Most children attended part-time, so most teachers took at least two classes. One in seven had between 55 and 85 children on their register and one in 40 had more than 100.
One in four nursery classes breaks Department for Education and Employment guidelines on adult:child ratios, a survey by the National Union of Teachers has found. The NUT says most teachers in nursery schools and primary school nursery classes are highly qualified but face a huge workload as they struggle to meet Government requirements to assess pupils, write reports and communicate with parents.
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