‘Oversized’ classes see huge increase across Lancashire

‘Oversized’ classes see huge increase across Lancashire

‘Oversized’ classes see huge increase across Lancashire

First published in East Lancashire Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE number of ‘oversized’ classes for infants in county hall-led schools has risen by more than 20 times in just four years.

In January 2010, just 62 four to seven-years-olds were being taught in two forms with more than the recommended 20 maximum.

New official figures show that by January 2013, the number had rocketed to 1,538, approaching 50 classes, in contrast to Blackburn with Darwen where the number of infants in oversize classes remained zero. The 2,381 per cent increase has raised concerns about the quality of education in Burnley, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Pendle, Rossendale and Chorley.

The county council said Lancashire had been one of the pioneers of cutting class sizes for four to seven-year-olds to 30 or fewer and while the number had increased from two to more than 40, each one had only one or two extra pupils.

Across England, the number of infants in classes of 30 plus has tripled since 2010, making Lancashire one of the hardest-hit areas.

In Blackburn and Darwen there has been no increase, and there are no classes with more than 30 children.

Parent Sam Townend, from Rawtenstall, said: “It’s worrying. My son had issues with reading when he started school, and it wasn’t something that was picked up on because the class was too big.”

UCLan academic Barbara Draper said: “There is a direct link between the number of children in a class and successful attainment, not to mention the positive impacts on behaviour.”

The figures were revealed by Will Straw, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Rossendale and Darwen.

County schools boss Matthew Tomlinson said: “Classes of 30 infants are only expanded by one or occasionally two places – the figures do not represent a wholesale return to large classes.”

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4:19pm Mon 18 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

Our priorities are wholly wrong when it comes to the most important element of our children,s lives !! their education ". this government have pandered to the open borders policy and allowed far to many immigrants in to what already is an over crowded country to the detriment of our schools and their over subscribed classes. We have to make our own children the priority and help the teachers ever increasing work load .
Our priorities are wholly wrong when it comes to the most important element of our children,s lives !! their education ". this government have pandered to the open borders policy and allowed far to many immigrants in to what already is an over crowded country to the detriment of our schools and their over subscribed classes. We have to make our own children the priority and help the teachers ever increasing work load . noddy57
  • Score: 26

5:50pm Mon 18 Aug 14

onsidecobra says...

Will we never be shut of these Straw's?
Will we never be shut of these Straw's? onsidecobra
  • Score: 9

5:57pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Noiticer says...

What was Cameron saying to-day about 'Family Friendly' pollcies - me thinks just more PR spin from our lightweight PR PM
What was Cameron saying to-day about 'Family Friendly' pollcies - me thinks just more PR spin from our lightweight PR PM Noiticer
  • Score: 12

7:14pm Mon 18 Aug 14

boynesider says...

the Tories don't care about our kids never have and never will.remember "Thatcher the milk snatcher".bet Eton isn't overcrowded.The Tories have done nothing but attack teachers since coming to power.that is why a lot left the career.totally undervalued.
the Tories don't care about our kids never have and never will.remember "Thatcher the milk snatcher".bet Eton isn't overcrowded.The Tories have done nothing but attack teachers since coming to power.that is why a lot left the career.totally undervalued. boynesider
  • Score: 4

7:33pm Mon 18 Aug 14

zabby says...

The joys of mass uncontrolled immigration
The joys of mass uncontrolled immigration zabby
  • Score: 15

11:18pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Christian says...

boynesider wrote:
the Tories don't care about our kids never have and never will.remember "Thatcher the milk snatcher".bet Eton isn't overcrowded.The Tories have done nothing but attack teachers since coming to power.that is why a lot left the career.totally undervalued.
Typical far-left nonsense. The Tories do care about our kids, a **** sight more than Labour ever has. Labour have made schools too PC, there is no discipline and everything is driven by targets. Teachers are not under "attack" by anyone, the militant hard-left teaching unions are simply picking a fight with the Government and making unreasonable, unaffordable demands. Teachers are very well paid for what they do and they get good pensions, they should be putting education first not their paypackets. You can drop all that "milk snatcher" nonsense too. Harold Wilson LABOUR PM was the true milk-snatcher, he started the removal of milk from schools NOT Maggie. And you can drop all that Eton class war nonsense as well, there are just as many public school boys on the Labour frontbench. Also Heath, Thatcher, Major, Hague, Duncan-Smith and Howard were ALL state educated.
[quote][p][bold]boynesider[/bold] wrote: the Tories don't care about our kids never have and never will.remember "Thatcher the milk snatcher".bet Eton isn't overcrowded.The Tories have done nothing but attack teachers since coming to power.that is why a lot left the career.totally undervalued.[/p][/quote]Typical far-left nonsense. The Tories do care about our kids, a **** sight more than Labour ever has. Labour have made schools too PC, there is no discipline and everything is driven by targets. Teachers are not under "attack" by anyone, the militant hard-left teaching unions are simply picking a fight with the Government and making unreasonable, unaffordable demands. Teachers are very well paid for what they do and they get good pensions, they should be putting education first not their paypackets. You can drop all that "milk snatcher" nonsense too. Harold Wilson LABOUR PM was the true milk-snatcher, he started the removal of milk from schools NOT Maggie. And you can drop all that Eton class war nonsense as well, there are just as many public school boys on the Labour frontbench. Also Heath, Thatcher, Major, Hague, Duncan-Smith and Howard were ALL state educated. Christian
  • Score: 1

7:45am Tue 19 Aug 14

alf-abett says...

Christian wrote:
boynesider wrote:
the Tories don't care about our kids never have and never will.remember "Thatcher the milk snatcher".bet Eton isn't overcrowded.The Tories have done nothing but attack teachers since coming to power.that is why a lot left the career.totally undervalued.
Typical far-left nonsense. The Tories do care about our kids, a **** sight more than Labour ever has. Labour have made schools too PC, there is no discipline and everything is driven by targets. Teachers are not under "attack" by anyone, the militant hard-left teaching unions are simply picking a fight with the Government and making unreasonable, unaffordable demands. Teachers are very well paid for what they do and they get good pensions, they should be putting education first not their paypackets. You can drop all that "milk snatcher" nonsense too. Harold Wilson LABOUR PM was the true milk-snatcher, he started the removal of milk from schools NOT Maggie. And you can drop all that Eton class war nonsense as well, there are just as many public school boys on the Labour frontbench. Also Heath, Thatcher, Major, Hague, Duncan-Smith and Howard were ALL state educated.
The only bit of sense and truth written on here, also may I add that it was the previous Labour Government who opened our borders to uncontrolled immigration and it is the Labour opposition at the moment who refuse to co-operate with the Tories in trying to stop them entering. the country.
[quote][p][bold]Christian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boynesider[/bold] wrote: the Tories don't care about our kids never have and never will.remember "Thatcher the milk snatcher".bet Eton isn't overcrowded.The Tories have done nothing but attack teachers since coming to power.that is why a lot left the career.totally undervalued.[/p][/quote]Typical far-left nonsense. The Tories do care about our kids, a **** sight more than Labour ever has. Labour have made schools too PC, there is no discipline and everything is driven by targets. Teachers are not under "attack" by anyone, the militant hard-left teaching unions are simply picking a fight with the Government and making unreasonable, unaffordable demands. Teachers are very well paid for what they do and they get good pensions, they should be putting education first not their paypackets. You can drop all that "milk snatcher" nonsense too. Harold Wilson LABOUR PM was the true milk-snatcher, he started the removal of milk from schools NOT Maggie. And you can drop all that Eton class war nonsense as well, there are just as many public school boys on the Labour frontbench. Also Heath, Thatcher, Major, Hague, Duncan-Smith and Howard were ALL state educated.[/p][/quote]The only bit of sense and truth written on here, also may I add that it was the previous Labour Government who opened our borders to uncontrolled immigration and it is the Labour opposition at the moment who refuse to co-operate with the Tories in trying to stop them entering. the country. alf-abett
  • Score: 3

6:18pm Tue 19 Aug 14

TONY WALES says...

The result of uncontrolled mass immigration.
Anybody can come here ask to stay if refused claim under the Human Rights Act..
It will take years to get rid of you and by that time you can have kids born here and so the parents and the kids cannot be removed,, since the kids were born here.

This the first problem with the rise in immigration, your schools will be overcrowded, your NHS and hospitals will not be able to cope. Waiting lists will get even longer.
The government will not have enough money to pay all the benefits, (without taxing people even more).
We have over a million people in this country now who cannot speak English, so are no good to anybody, but can claim all the benefits.
The country will slowly sink to the level of a 3rd world country, with standards seen in Africa and South East Africa..

The countries had it, it's done for.

The victors the big businesses, like Tesco and other companies who want plenty of people to sell to, more customers, more profit.

Anybody who can, go to another country where immigration is controlled.
Such as Australia.
The result of uncontrolled mass immigration. Anybody can come here ask to stay if refused claim under the Human Rights Act.. It will take years to get rid of you and by that time you can have kids born here and so the parents and the kids cannot be removed,, since the kids were born here. This the first problem with the rise in immigration, your schools will be overcrowded, your NHS and hospitals will not be able to cope. Waiting lists will get even longer. The government will not have enough money to pay all the benefits, (without taxing people even more). We have over a million people in this country now who cannot speak English, so are no good to anybody, but can claim all the benefits. The country will slowly sink to the level of a 3rd world country, with standards seen in Africa and South East Africa.. The countries had it, it's done for. The victors the big businesses, like Tesco and other companies who want plenty of people to sell to, more customers, more profit. Anybody who can, go to another country where immigration is controlled. Such as Australia. TONY WALES
  • Score: 1
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