Population surge creates ‘super-size primary schools’

England’s population boom has had a huge impact onĀ England’s education system, creating super-size primary schools and class rooms over the 30-pupil limit. The figures, from the Department of Education’s annual census, show a rising school population and an increase in ethnic diversity. One in five primary pupils speak English as a second language, although this has a large regional bearing.

In the 14 Central London boroughs, more than 80% of primary school aged pupils are from ethnic minorities – whereas only 10% of pupils are from an ethnic minority in schools in the north-east of England. That equates to over a million children in England who have English as a second language, posing huge problems for the education system.

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