Warwickshire is making good progress towards Government targets
for reducing class sizes.
Last year, around two-thirds of Warwickshires infant classes had more than 30
children. This year (1998-99) its down to one-third.
A new law introduced in July means classes for five, six and seven-year-olds will be
limited to a maximum of 30 from September 2001. In the meantime, the Government is giving
out grants to help local authorities prepare to comply with the new rule.
"We are making good progress and expect to reach target a year ahead of schedule,
with classes of no more than 30 by September 2000," said Education Officer Tony
Brown, whos handling the project.
The situation is helped by falling numbers of infant pupils over the past two years
a local and national trend expected to continue for the next few years. Around 50
Warwickshire schools may have to reduce their annual intake (a maximum figure known as the
schools Standard Number). Others may need more staff or extra space to
keep classes down to 30.
A leaflet, giving more details, will be sent out to parents of children at infant
schools this week.