DfEE announced today that Coventry City Council is to get a total of £831,000 to put its
approved Class Size Plan into action. Of the funding, £604,000 is for
employing additional teachers and £227,000 is for building extra classroom space.
The plan will ensure that Coventry schools meet Government requirements that from
September 2001, all infant classes (5,6 and 7 year olds) must have no more than 30
children. It is intended that Coventrys plan will be in action by September 2000.
George Duggins, Chair of Education and Cultural Affairs Policy Co-ordinating Committee
"I clearly welcome this announcement. A lot of hard work and consultation has gone
into Coventrys Class Size Plan, so Im very pleased that weve been
awarded the resources to put it into action. We will be working with headteachers and
school governors to achieve the Governments targets on class size and to make best
use of the resources weve been given. This is an example of the benefit of a Labour
Government and Council working together on a common education agenda.
"In Coventry the reduction in class size dovetails in well with a nursery
provision which is one of the best in the Country. We are investing in the future of our
children and our City through this policy."