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Miliband class size fiasco

Ed Miliband today said the next Labour Government would limit infant class sizes to 30 pupils in England, but figures from the Welsh Government show class sizes are worse and rising in Wales, where Labour has run education since 1999.

 

Figures from June 2014 show 4.2% of infant classes in England had more than 30 pupils.

 

But in Wales, 6.9% of infants were in class sizes of over 30 in 2014, a rise of 0.3% on the same period in 2013.

 

Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said, “No one can take Ed Miliband’s promise to cut class sizes seriously when in Wales, where the Labour Party has been in charge for 16 years, class sizes are worse and are rising.

 

“Ed Miliband has told people to look to Wales to see what a UK Labour Government would look like, yet in Wales, schools are underfunded, education performance is declining compared with other UK and OECD nations and infant class sizes are bigger.

 

“Labour Ministers in Wales need to address the chronic underfunding of Welsh schools and end the situation where a fifth of the £2.5billion Welsh schools budget never reaches the classroom.

 

“With the latest figures showing schools in Wales being underfunded by £604 per pupil compared to their counterparts in England, parents and teachers will take no lessons from Ed Miliband.”