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Growing Class Sizes In Dorset

Simon Bowkett

6:53am 18th July 2014

There's been a staggering rise in the number of school children in Dorset being taught in classes with over 30 pupils.

Figures from the Department of Education put the increase at 354%.

The Labour Party in Dorset say the figures show that children in classes of 30 or more in Dorset has increased more than three fold since the General Election.

Simon Bowkett, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for South Dorset told Wessex FM:

"The Government is failing our young people by cutting funding, removing the regulations that prevented over-crowding in our classrooms and allowing unqualified teachers to teach our children.

"We need the Government to provide the funding and regulations that enable teachers to teach to the best of their ability, and children to receive the best care and attention they deserve. All four of my children attend local state schools, and I know that other local parents will want to know their children are being taught by a qualified teacher in reasonable class sizes. What these new figures reveal is that the job of teachers in Dorset is being made harder and harder as class sizes increase.

"Teachers and teaching assistants in our local schools do an amazing job. We need Michael Gove and David Cameron to get a grip of rising class sizes and to do so fast, before a whole new generation of Dorset's children suffer because of over-crowded classrooms that the Government should, and could, prevent."

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