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Ed Miliband to pledge class size clampdown in key education speech



Labour Party leader Ed Miliband will pledge to cut class sizes when he gives a key speech on education in London tomorrow.

According to The Times, Mr Miliband will use the speech at his former school in North London to pledge to clamp down on classes with more than 30 pupils. He will say the number of classes over that limit has trebled under the Coalition Government.

Mr Miliband is said to be using the issue of class sizes to draw attention to a growing primary school places shortage. It is believed 900,000 extra pupils will need a place over the next decade.

News of the speech has already prompted questions from former Michael Gove policy adviser Sam Freedman on Twitter, who questioned how existing rules restricting classes to 30 pupils could be tightened.

He tweeted: “I wonder which of these exemptions to the 30+ class size rule Labour want to remove so as to “tighten the ban”?”

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Schools Week will be covering the speech, which is expected to take place around lunchtime tomorrow (Thursday, February 11). Check our website or follow us on twitter for updates.

 



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