Before the last General Election, David Cameron promised to create "small schools with smaller class sizes". In 2012 the Government relaxed the rules on infant class sizes. Now, the number of infants taught in large classes of over-30 has spiralled by 200 per cent since 2010 – to over 93,000 children nationally.
In Rotherham alone there are now 764 infants being taught in large classes of over 30 children, an increase of 688 per cent since 2010.
The teachers in our local schools do a fantastic job but the pressure on class sizes is making things impossible for them.
Despite the crisis in primary school places, the Prime Minister's Free School programme is diverting funding for new school places away from areas of need. Two thirds of the places created by the Free Schools programme are not in the areas most in need of more primary places.
We need to do things differently if we are going to give all children the best possible start in life. I would like to see an end to this Government’s flawed Free School programme, with funding for new schools prioritised in areas of greatest need instead.