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EDUCATION AND SKILLS

Class Sizes

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the local education authorities in which (a) primary and (b) secondary school class sizes have risen since 1 May 1997, ranking these from largest to smallest increase in class sizes; and if she will make a statement. [66275]

Mr. Miliband [holding answer 4 July 2002]: The available information is shown in the table. The change in average class size is not readily available for those local education authorities that underwent local Government reorganisation in 1997 and 1998. The table is therefore shown in two parts: the list for local education authorities which are unaffected by local Government reorganisation; and the second for those that are.

A. Local education authorities unaffected by local government reorganisation ranked in order by the increase in the average class size(19) in maintained primary and secondary schools in England
As at January each year

Maintained Primary Maintained Secondary
1997 2002(20)Difference between 1997 and 2002 1997 2002(20)Difference between 1997 and 2002
Lambeth25.226.31.1North Somerset20.422.31.9
Barnet26.227.00.8Kingston upon Thames20.221.81.6
Haringey26.927.70.8Sutton20.722.11.4
Kensington and Chelsea25.326.10.8Bristol, City of21.122.41.3
Lewisham26.126.80.8Wakefield22.223.41.2
Dudley26.527.10.6Lincolnshire20.221.41.2
Brent26.527.10.6Hackney22.323.41.2
Sheffield26.927.30.4East Riding of Yorkshire21.022.21.2
Hackney26.126.50.4Lewisham20.721.91.1
Tower Hamlets26.226.40.2Croydon22.223.31.1
Westminster24.224.30.2Wandsworth22.023.01.1
Surrey26.226.40.1Barking and Dagenham20.821.91.1
Newham27.928.00.1Solihull21.922.91.0
Hounslow26.826.90.1Kensington and Chelsea20.221.21.0
Islington26.626.60.1Brent20.521.51.0
Hammersmith and Fulham25.325.30.0Bromley20.421.31.0
Wandsworth25.825.7-0.1Barnet19.820.70.9
Hertfordshire27.126.9-0.1Harrow22.923.70.9
Redbridge28.428.3-0.2Northamptonshire21.021.80.9
Waltham Forest26.626.4-0.2Enfield20.721.50.8
Camden27.126.9-0.2Bexley21.822.60.7
North Somerset27.827.5-0.3Haringey21.622.30.7
Greenwich26.025.7-0.3Hertfordshire20.320.90.6
Hillingdon27.226.8-0.3Wigan21.522.10.6
Southwark26.426.1-0.4Gateshead20.421.00.6
Wolverhampton26.926.5-0.4Barnsley23.223.70.5
Suffolk25.024.6-0.4Sheffield22.723.20.5
Ealing27.126.6-0.5Norfolk20.220.70.5
Barking and Dagenham27.026.4-0.6Trafford21.722.10.5
Birmingham27.727.1-0.7Kirklees22.522.90.4
North Lincolnshire27.727.0-0.7Leeds20.721.10.4
West Sussex26.826.1-0.7Rochdale22.823.20.4
Havering27.927.2-0.7Westminster21.521.90.4
Harrow27.526.8-0.8St. Helens19.920.30.4
Bristol, City of27.226.5-0.8Ealing22.422.80.4
Richmond upon Thames27.226.4-0.8Bath and North East Somerset20.721.10.4
Bromley28.527.7-0.8West Sussex21.622.00.4
Lincolnshire26.926.0-0.8Surrey21.722.00.4
Norfolk25.925.1-0.8North Lincolnshire22.522.80.4
Enfield29.128.2-0.8Gloucestershire21.521.90.3
Croydon28.327.4-0.9Cornwall22.022.40.3
Sutton28.127.2-0.9Bury23.123.40.3
Cornwall27.326.3-1.0Somerset23.223.50.3
Bath and North East Somerset27.026.0-1.0Suffolk21.121.30.2
Bexley28.827.6-1.1Calderdale20.921.10.2
Newcastle upon Tyne27.626.5-1.1Hillingdon21.121.20.1
Manchester27.226.1-1.2Manchester22.422.50.1
Gateshead25.824.6-1.2Sunderland21.321.40.1
Doncaster28.126.9-1.2Knowsley22.122.20.1
Liverpool26.825.6-1.2Stockport23.123.20.1
Bury28.327.1-1.2Stockton-on-Tees22.222.30.1
Kingston upon Thames29.428.1-1.3Walsall20.720.80.1
Wakefield28.226.9-1.3North East Lincolnshire23.223.30.1
South Gloucestershire28.527.2-1.3Northumberland22.622.60.0
Rotherham27.726.4-1.3Havering21.821.80.0
Salford27.325.9-1.3Hounslow21.121.10.0
Walsall26.224.8-1.4Sandwell21.721.70.0
Barnsley28.927.4-1.5Doncaster21.521.50.0
Stockton-on-Tees26.825.3-1.5North Yorkshire20.620.60.0
Wirral26.324.8-1.5Wirral20.520.50.0
Sefton27.626.1-1.5Greenwich22.522.40.0
North Tyneside27.125.6-1.5Wolverhampton21.020.90.0
Oldham29.327.8-1.5Merton22.722.7-0.1
Northamptonshire27.025.5-1.5Bolton22.122.0-0.1
Sunderland26.024.4-1.5Salford22.122.1-0.1
Somerset27.626.0-1.6Hartlepool22.021.9-0.1
North Yorkshire26.324.6-1.7Tameside23.022.9-0.1
East Riding of Yorkshire28.326.6-1.7Hammersmith and Fulham22.622.5-0.1
Isle of Wight25.924.1-1.7Richmond upon Thames24.023.9-0.1
Middlesbrough26.524.7-1.7Oxfordshire22.222.1-0.1
Redcar and Cleveland27.425.6-1.7Dudley23.123.0-0.1
St. Helens27.826.0-1.7Redcar and Cleveland22.222.0-0.1
Stockport27.826.0-1.8Warwickshire22.222.0-0.2
Solihull27.926.1-1.8South Gloucestershire21.521.3-0.2
Calderdale28.026.2-1.8Sefton21.120.9-0.2
Cumbria26.324.5-1.8Rotherham21.721.4-0.2
Merton27.325.4-1.8Liverpool21.120.9-0.3
South Tyneside27.025.2-1.8Newcastle upon Tyne21.521.2-0.3
Coventry27.625.7-1.9Coventry22.622.3-0.4
North East Lincolnshire28.126.3-1.9Redbridge21.020.6-0.4
Leeds28.326.4-1.9Oldham22.221.8-0.4
Bradford28.326.3-2.0Birmingham21.821.4-0.4
Wigan28.526.5-2.0Tower Hamlets24.023.5-0.5
York27.625.6-2.0Newham24.524.0-0.5
Trafford28.926.9-2.0North Tyneside21.921.4-0.5
Kirklees29.027.0-2.0Isle of Wight22.321.8-0.5
Oxfordshire27.225.1-2.1Camden20.319.8-0.5
Gloucestershire27.425.4-2.1Southwark24.423.8-0.5
Hartlepool28.025.8-2.2Cumbria21.220.7-0.5
Knowsley27.725.5-2.2Kingston Upon Hull, City of24.323.7-0.6
Sandwell28.926.8-2.2Islington24.023.3-0.7
Warwickshire28.526.4-2.2South Tyneside22.722.0-0.8
Bolton28.926.7-2.2York21.620.8-0.8
Kingston Upon Hull, City of28.826.6-2.2Lambeth21.920.9-1.0
Northumberland 27.024.5-2.4Waltham Forest23.622.6-1.0
Rochdale29.627.0-2.7Middlesbrough22.021.0-1.0
Tameside29.326.5-2.8Bradford23.221.8-1.4
City of London26.0(21)City of London0.0(21)
Isles of Scilly17.3(21)Isles of Scilly21.0(21)

(19) Classes taught by 1 teacher.

(20) Provisional

(21) At the time of publication, submissions from these local education authorities had not been validated.

Source:

Annual Schools' Census


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B. Average class sizes(22) for local education authorities affected by local Government reorganisation in maintained primary and secondary schools in England
As at January each year

Maintained Primary Maintained Secondary
19972002(23)Difference between 1997 and 200219972002(23)Difference between 1997 and 2002
Bedfordshire(23)27.422.5
Bedfordshire(24)24.622.2
Luton(24)26.023.3
Berkshire(23)27.520.7
Bracknell Forest(24)26.620.6
Reading(24)25.719.0
Slough(24)25.620.6
West Berkshire(24)24.820.3
Windsor and Maidenhead(24)24.921.0
Wokingham(24)25.720.8
Buckinghamshire(23)27.921.3
Buckinghamshire(24)25.422.1
Milton Keynes(24)25.922.1
Cambridgeshire(23)28.222.1
Cambridgeshire(24)27.123.0
Peterborough(24)27.121.0
Cheshire(23)27.521.3
Cheshire(24)25.621.2
Halton(24)24.621.5
Warrington(24)26.322.3
Derbyshire(23)29.322.2
Derbyshire(24)27.022.3
Derby(24)27.122.4
Dorset(23)28.221.8
Dorset(24)25.422.7
Bournemouth(24)27.222.2
Poole(24)27.020.2
Devon(23)27.421.4
Devon(24)25.422.2
Plymouth(24)27.121.3
Torbay(24)27.920.8
Durham(23)28.522.5
Durham(24)25.321.9
Darlington(24)28.023.6
East Sussex(23)28.221.4
East Sussex(24)27.621.9
Brighton and Hove(24)26.822.5
Essex(23)27.321.7
Essex(24)26.521.9
Southend-on-Sea(24)28.021.0
Thurrock(24)25.523.5
Hampshire(23)27.922.2
Hampshire(24)27.122.9
Portsmouth(24)26.423.8
Southampton(24)27.322.2
Hereford and Worcester(23)26.022.0
Herefordshire(24)24.721.7
Worcestershire(24)25.822.4
Kent(23)28.020.3
Kent(24)27.221.0
Medway(24)26.720.8
Lancashire(23)28.822.5
Lancashire(24)26.722.4
Blackburn with Darwen(24)27.223.0
Blackpool(24)27.924.2
Leicestershire(23)26.722.3
Leicestershire(24)25.922.7
Leicester(24)25.824.1
Rutland(24)25.223.3
Nottinghamshire(23)28.721.7
Nottinghamshire(24)26.821.5
Nottingham(24)26.021.9
Shropshire(23)27.421.9
Shropshire(24)25.622.3
Telford and Wrekin(24)27.121.8
Staffordshire(23)27.522.3
Staffordshire(24)25.222.0
Stoke-on-Trent(24)25.422.7
Wiltshire(23)27.221.7
Wiltshire(24)26.121.9
Swindon(24)27.523.3

(22) Classes taught by 1 teacher

(23) Before local Government re-organisation

(24) After local Government re-organisation


11 Jul 2002 : Column 1167W


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