HC Deb 29 June 1925 vol 185 cc2046-7W

asked the President of the Board of Education if he can provide a comparative table for last year of the size of classes, arranged in numbers of, say, under 30, 40, 50, 60, and over, in elementary schools of France, Germany, and Great Britain, and also a list of the subjects taught?


England and Wales. —The latest complete figures available are those for the year 1922–23, which are as follow:

Number of classes classified according to size. (Number on registers.)
Under 20 11,088
20 and under 30 26,159
30 and under 40 39,181
40 and under 50 41,064
50 and under 60 27,166
60 and over 4,022
Total 148,680

As regards the subjects taught, I would refer the hon. Member to Chapter I of the Code of Regulations for Public Elementary Schools.

Scotland.—For similar information with regard to Scotland, I must refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend the Secretary for Scotland.

Germany.—The latest information at my disposal relates to Prussia and Bavaria, and is as follows:

Prussia (1921).
Total number of classes in public elementary schools=123,210.
30 and under 16,481
31–40 29,721
41–50 40,011
51–60 24,332
61–70 9,461
Over 70 3,204

Bavaria (1922).
Total number of classes in public elementary schools=20,999.
30 and under 1,755
31–40 4,047
41–50 5,934
51–60 4,380
61–70 2,539
Over 70 2,344

The curriculum of the Prussian elementary schools includes: Religion, the mother tongue; reading and writing; arithmetic, geometry and drawing; history and geography; needlework for girls; a variety of other subjects is taught in some schools. The curricula of Bavarian elementary schools are generally similar.

France.—Corresponding statistics for France do not appear to be published by the French Ministry of Public Instruction.