HC Deb 08 January 2002 vol 377 c718W
Mr. Stinchcombe

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have(a) to continue the restriction on class sizes for infant schools and (b) to fund the class size initiative in the long term. [23907]

John Healey

Since September 2001 it has been a statutory responsibility for schools and local education authorities to limit the size of infant classes for five, six and seven-year-olds taught by one teacher to no more than 30.

Class size grant will be paid to local education authorities as a ring-fenced grant through the Standards Fund in 2001–02 and 2002–03. Funding levels for 2003–04 will be decided in the Spending Review 2002.

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