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PRIMARY PUPILS IN ILLEGALLY LARGE CLASSES

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Hundreds of five to seven-year-olds are being taught illegally in classes larger than 30, government figures to be ...
Hundreds of five to seven-year-olds are being taught illegally in classes larger than 30, government figures to be released this week will reveal, according to The Sunday Times (p32).

However, class size statistics to be published by the department of education and skills will show overall that the percentage of five to seven-year-olds in classes of more than 30 has fallen from 22% in September 1998 to less than 1% this year.

And the Sunday Times (p32) says a government-commissioned report to be presented to officials today suggests teachers should work only 22.5 hours a week in the classroom. Teaching unions are seeking a maximum working week of 35 hours, including marking and administration.
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