On Air Now
12 February 2015, 14:29
Ed Miliband has today set out Labour’s plan for education with a pledge to end over-crowded infant school classes in the North East.
The party says the number of infants being taught in classes of over 30 pupils has risen by 147% since January 2010 with over 3000 pupils affected.
The sharpest rises have been in Sunderland with a 1413% increase.
On Teesside, Stockton on Tees has seen a 169% increase in infants in large class sizes.
Ed Miliband said:
"Successful teaching and classroom discipline is made harder when classes are so much bigger."
"Since 2010, the number of the youngest children taught in classes bigger than 30 has gone up by almost 60,000. It is treble the number it was. And it is set to get far worse."
"We will create more places where they are needed."
"This will allow us to cap class sizes for 5, 6, and 7 year olds at no more than 30 pupils."
Welcoming the announcement, Louise Baldock, Labour’s candidate for Stockton South said:
"For the last five years the Tories have taken their eye off the ball. Class sizes here in the Stockton borough have soared. I have spoken to lots of Head Teachers who are desperate for more space and staff."
"I welcome Ed Miliband’s announcement. Children are our most precious resource and deserve the best when it comes to their education. Labour will ensure that they get it."