Over 11% of pupils taught in classes with over
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New figures released by the Department of Education have shown a massive increase in classroom overcrowding over the last seven years. The London average for the proportion of children in classes with over 30 pupils is 8.9% but these were much higher in the local area.
Hammersmith and Fulham was worst of all with 14.2% of children being taught in overcrowded classes, up by 85% since 1997.
over 1,000 local school children were reported to be in over-crowded classes
11.3% of the total and a 50% increase since 1997.
spokesperson for Wandsworth Council said,
"Class sizes is not the issue it once was. The figures only show
part of the story. They do not take account of other developments such
as smaller tutorial groups, better ICT equipment, remote learning etc.
Wandsworth comes out around the average from these figures - Hammersmith
and Fulham are the worst in inner London with Kingston worst in London.
Far better to look at results in that period. In Wandsworth the proportion
of students gaining five or more A-C grades at GCSE has rocketed form
35% in 1997 to 50% last year. Just about the fastest rate of improvement
in the country and a far better guide to how well money is being spent
in schools and how well pupils are being taught than a simple measure
like class sizes."
March 3, 2005