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Class numbers rocket as MP warns of crisis

By Mike Cotton, Town Reporter Friday 5th September 2014
Michael Dugher
THE number of Barnsley children taught in class sizes of more than 30 has rocketed by 553 per cent in four years, Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher has revealed.

Figures show there were only 93 infant school pupils in large classes across Barnsley in 2010 but this year that number has shot to 607.

Mr Dugher blamed the government, which relaxed rules on infant class sizes after coming to power, and called for an end to the 'free schools' policy and instead to find funding for new schools in the areas of greatest need.

Coun Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council's spokesman on schools, agreed finding the money was a major problem.

** The full story appears in the Barnsley Chronicle, dated September 5. **
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Posted by The Terminator I Sat 6th Sep 2014 at 10:44am

My son has autism which gives him learning difficulties. Both my wife and I work and get no benefits. We have paid privately for tuition, which has put us into debt. We asked the school for help, but they say there is no funding; however they give one to one assistance to the foreigners who cannot speak our language. To say my blood is boiling is an understatement; this country is a “TICKING TIME BOMB”. It’s not the immigrants fault; it’s our government for allowing it to happen. They are a set of “fatherless people” with no backbone.