To function successfully, reception classes need a minimum adult-child ratio of 1:10. It is a travesty that an education system that purports to value the early years is so heavily under-funded. In financial terms, a reception child is worth considerably less than a sixth-former. Change the funding and you will see an immediate rise in standards, attainment and levels of well-being among reception children and staff.
Sue Walker. Headteacher, Northfleet, Kent