Number of students in Cheshire West and Chester in “overcrowded” classrooms
More than 5,900 students in Cheshire West and Chester are in “overcrowded” classrooms, new analysis has found.
Labor Party analysis reveals that there are now 5,908 students in classes over 30 in Cheshire West and Chester.
Using data from the Department of Education (DfE), research shows that 900,672 UK students are now in ‘large classrooms’, an increase of 153,141 since 2010.
Labor spokesperson and cabinet member for children and families City Councilor Bob Cernik said: ‘The children of Cheshire West and Chester need all the help they can get to catch up after two terrible years ravaged by Covid.
“The last thing kids need is to be stuck in overcrowded classrooms.
“The Labor Children’s Recovery Plan would give the children of Cheshire West and Chester the help they need, mentoring and mental health support at breakfast clubs and targeted support for those in need. Not needed anymore. ”
Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Child Poverty Secretary added, “Parents don’t want their kids crammed into large classrooms and the evidence shows that will affect children of all walks of life. ”
Analysis of the data also reveals a “strong negative correlation” between the proportion of children attending classes over 30 and the proportion of disadvantaged children who pursue higher education.
Likewise, areas with lower social mobility have also experienced the greatest increase in class size over the past 10 years.