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Classroom Overcrowding Crisis
9:11am 19th January 2012
Cornwall's classroom squeeze is revealed.
A Pirate FM investigation has learnt more than five thousand 7 - 11 year olds are being taught in groups of 30 plus.
Some teachers are dealing with 40 at once.
Torpoint mum Samantha says numbers were cut at her daughter's school.
She thinks smaller is better: "If you're bright, possibly you get overlooked. You can get on with your work and you can do that and the children that need a little bit more help, they have a lot more emphasis put on those. It's better to have a smaller class and the children seem to get on well. The teachers are happy. There's space and everything".
County Hall says it is up to schools how they manage funding and numbers
Headteacher at Torpoint Junior Penny Geach says it that is no mean feat: "Certainly when I had larger classes in the school I made sure there were plenty of teaching assistant support and extra teaching for literacy and numeracy. So the children were actually in smaller groups for literacy and numeracy.
"Each school is unique and each school will have various factors that contribute to class sizes. We want the best for all children. That's the paramount importance that children receive the best possible education and the best opportunities".9:11am 19th January 2012
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