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How many children are in oversized classes?

How many children are in oversized classes?

Half a million children are now being taught in super-size classes of over 36.

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, made the above claim during a recent speech in Swindon. Corbyn said that half a million children are now being taught in classes with more than 36 pupils and that this is damaging their educational chances.

There are, of course, two claims here. The first is about the numbers of children affected and the extent of the problem. The second, is that being in a larger class damages a child’s educational chances.

In terms of the first, Corbyn must have misspoken, because according to the Department for Education figures, the actual number of pupils in state primary schools in England in classes of 36 or more is only about 42,000. However, the total number of pupils in classes of over 30 is about 530,000.

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