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Welsh Lib Dems to deliver on promise of smaller class sizes

January 23, 2017 7:15 PM

Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams, today announced a £36million investment aimed at reducing infant class sizes. The fund will be available to local authorities and will be directed at the frontline. Starting with the largest class sizes, it will target classes where teaching and learning needs to improve and where there are high levels of deprivation.

Cllr Mike Powell, who was the Welsh Lib Dem candidate for Pontypridd at last May's Assembly election, said

"This was a key manifesto commitment for us ahead of the election. Smaller classes mean teachers have more time for individual pupils.

"In opposition the Welsh Liberal Democrats pressed Welsh Government to introduce the Pupil Deprivation Grant which has invested millions in our schools to help our most deprived pupils achieve their best.

"Now with our single Assembly Member having been invited to join the Government, we are still putting education at the forefront of our thinking.

"The problem we have in RCT, of course, is that the Labour run Council have closed and continue to close schools and amalgamate them into buildings where there is now no room for more classes. They have stuck to a strict formula of space per pupil that takes no regard of how pupils best learn.

"Whilst we look at more innovative ways of giving our children the best start in life, they play games with their future with ludicrous ideas such as 3 to 16 and indeed 3 to 19 year old schools in the Rhondda and Tonyrefail."