§ Mr. Pawsey
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the average size of secondary and primary school classes in 1979–80, 1984–85 and 1990–91.
§ Mr. Fallon
Information for 1990–91 is not yet available. The average class sizes in 1979–80, 1984–85 and 1989–90 in maintained primary and secondary schools in England were as follows:
11979–80 11984–85 11989–90 provisional Primary2 25.4 24.9 25.9 Secondary2 20.9 20.4 20.0
1 January 1980, 1985 and 1990 respectively.
2 Includes middle schools as deemed
The average class sizes relate to those taught by one teacher during a selected period on the day of the schools census in January and do not necessarily represent the pattern of classes for the academic year as a whole.