§ Mr. Kilfedder
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the average size of class in primary and in secondary schools, respectively, in Northern Ireland; and how this compares with primary and secondary schools in England, Wales and Scotland.
§ Mr. John Patten
The average size of classes in schools in the Northern Ireland maintained sector in January 1980 was as follows:
Primary 26.5 Secondary 20.1
I understand that the latest comparative figures for England, Wales and Scotland are:
England (Provisional Jan. 80) Scotland (Sept. 79) Wales (Sept. 79) Primary 25.7 23.9 24.2 Secondary 21.6 19.1 23.5