HC Deb 14 December 1950 vol 482 cc202-3W
117. Commander Maitland

asked the Minister of Education how many classes contain more than 30, 40 and 50 children in primary, modern and grammar schools at the latest convenient date.

Mr. Tomlinson

Following are the grammar schools in England and Wales figures for maintained and

Primary Secondary Modern Secondary Grammar
Classes with over 30 pupils (including those with over 40 and over 50) 77,259 21,122 7,112
Classes with over 40 pupils (including those with over 50) 33,176 3 816 73
Classes with over 50 pupils 1,494 40 15
Some oi the apparently large classes in secondary schools represent pupils grouped for registration purposes only.

118. Commander Maitland

asked the Minister of Education how many men and women teachers will be required to staff the primary, modern and grammar schools of England and Wales at the end of 1953, so that classes will not be overcrowded; how many he estimates will he available for this purpose; and how he proposes to meet the deficiency.

Mr. Tomlinson

If all available training college places can be filled next year, it is estimated that the number of teachers in maintained primary and secondary schools will be increased to rather more than 229,000 by the end of 1953, and that this will provide enough teachers for the increasing number of children in the schools and, I hope, for some reduction in the number of oversize classes. Neither sufficient teachers nor sufficient school accommodation will be available to make it practicable to require that no class shall exceed the maximum numbers prescribed by Grant Regulations.