Gloria De Piero slams primary school class sizes

MP Gloria De Piero
MP Gloria De Piero

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero has hit out at the Government after new figures revealed young children in her constituency are facing increasing class sizes.

Several primary and infant schools in Eastwood and the surrounding area have classes of more than 30 pupils and some schools even have classes of 36.

Statistics revealed that the number of infant school children across Nottinghamshire in classes of more than 30 pupils has shot up from 381 in 2010 to 1,184 this year - a whopping 211 per cent increase.

De Piero believes that this increase is due to the government’s decision to relax rules relating to infant class size in 2012, despite pledging in their 2010 manifesto to create ‘small schools with smaller class sizes’.

She added: “The teachers in our area are fantastic but the pressure on class sizes is making it so much harder for them to do their jobs.

“After years of falling classes under Labour, parents and children in Eastwood and the rest of Nottinghamshire are now facing bigger classes as the Government’s Free School programme has diverted vital funding away from areas of need.”

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