Number of children taught in large classes trebles

The BBC is reporting that the number of children taught in one secondary school class in England has trebled in the past five years.

BBC News has found evidence of children at a school in West Yorkshire being taught in a class of 46 pupils.

Analysis has also found that every region in England has seen a real-terms cut in school spending. A Department for Education spokesperson said school class sizes had remained stable since 2006.

According to the latest school census, in 2016 there were 17,780 state secondary school children in 2016 being taught in classes with 36 or more pupils. This is the highest number for a decade. In comparison, in 2011 the number was 6,107.

An investigation by BBC Yorkshire has found that Brighouse High Academy School in West Yorkshire has a Year 9 maths class where one teacher has 46 pupils.

Thirteen-year-old Silas Ennis said he has found it hard to cope in such a large class. “It’s difficult to learn because there’s so many people around you, so you’re not focusing as much on the lesson” he said.

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Comments

  1. oopsmyfilter

    SchoolsImprove my last Yr 11 class, before I left teaching for good, had 37 students, 18 of whom was challenged by mental health concerns.

  2. oopsmyfilter

    SchoolsImprove my last Yr 11 class, before I left teaching for good, had 37 students, 18 of whom were challenged by mental health concerns.

  3. rycarbin

    SchoolsImprove educationgovuk Large classes, budget cuts – RIP the education system. Well done to everyone running the broken system.

  4. Care sometimes needed re generalisations here – running larger groups for facilitated learning / lectures / webcasts / MOOCs (rather than teaching per se), can be a very effective way of supporting changing learner needs and in turn UPGRADING and modernising the expertise skills of teachers to blended learning leaders.  Appreciate less the case in primary environment, but 14-19 year olds worth a thought in course design as closer to the Uni experience they need preparing for.

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