Primary Class Size

Scotland appear to have got there first … in spite of all of the rhetoric that ‘size does not matter’ today the BBC News Scotland report: A legal limit of 25 pupils for primary one classes has been approved by the Scottish Parliament.

A quick look at England, at the last count, I find: The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 placed a duty on local authorities and schools to limit the size of infant classes for five-, six-, and seven-year-olds taught by one teacher to 30 or fewer pupils. The limit became a statutory responsibility on local authorities and schools from September 2001, the start of the 2001-2002 school year. There is no upper class size for children aged eight to 11.

Back in 2008 OECD reported that: 14 OECD countries have 20 or fewer students per primary school class.

So does class size matter?

Attribution: Original image: ‘Hide the family photo album

Hide the family photo album
by: Philip Howard

Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial License

One thought on “Primary Class Size

  1. 1. Amazing as it will be to some, research shows that class size does not have an effect on results (Hattie et al).
    2. Removing the class size limit of 30 at KS1 (and for Primary schools, effectively at KS2) would enable a reduction in teacher numbers and solve the looming problem of lack of space in primary schools.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *