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STATEMENT FROM SCHOOLS MINISTER ON CLASS SIZES

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Following a meeting yesterday with Local Government Association education chair Graham Lane, school standards minis...
Following a meeting yesterday with Local Government Association education chair Graham Lane, school standards minister Stephen

Byers issued the following statement:

'In our meeting, it was made clear that our pledge to cut class

sizes will be met and it will be achieved by targeting extra

teachers and additional classrooms at those schools which are

popular with parents.

'Under the School Standards and Framework Bill, local

authorities will be under a legal duty to bring forward plans to cut

the size of infant classes.

'These plans will need to demonstrate that parental choice is

being extended through the use of extra teachers and the provision

of extra teaching space when necessary.

'Any plans that reduce parental choice will be rejected.'

NOTES

1. Already£22m has been allocated for an additional 1,500

teachers and£40m for 600 extra classrooms to come on stream

from this September. 65 LEAs have already agreed plans to reduce

class sizes.

2. There will be more money available from the phasing out of the

assisted places scheme so that an extra£100m will go towards

reducing class sizes by 2001.

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