Broadclyst Community Primary School in Devon has built a special room to accommodate its pupils – with an average class size of 42. The Sun reports.
But the primary school doesn’t fall foul of the law, which states children under the age of seven can’t be taught in classes higher than 30 students.
A Sunday Times investigation found a string of cash-strapped schools are packing pupils into classrooms to boost their budgets.
Critics have argued huge classes can damage children’s education but Broadclyst head Jonathan Bishop says the school – rated “outstanding” by Ofsted – offers an excellent education.
“Our year 6 classroom has got 67 children in one room. There are times when one teacher teaches those 67 children. Is that wrong? Of course it is not wrong.”
Alan Smithers, professor of education at Buckingham University, told the newspaper: “Those who say that the quality of education can be maintained in such huge classes are mistaken. In some circumstances this can be made to work, but for young children personal attention is vital and they can get lost in large classes.”
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