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WAQ77874 (e) Tabled on 08/02/2019

Will the Minister provide a list of the schools in Wales that require an additional classroom to reduce infant class sizes, and explain why she has decided to fund 54 specifically?

Answered by Minister for Education Answered on 12/02/2019

In January 2017 I announced additional funding of £36million to reduce infant class sizes.  The funding, a combination of £16m revenue and £20m capital, is targeted at those areas where research and evidence suggests it will make the most difference; namely the youngest pupils; in particular those with additional needs.  The criteria for the funding are therefore:

Infant classes of 29 or over in schools with at least one or a combination of:

  • Significant levels of free school meals;
  • Below average outcomes and where a school has been classed as Red or Amber in the School Categorisation System;
  • Significant levels of SEN;
  • Significant levels of where English/Welsh is not the first language.

Local authorities are administering the grant on behalf of the Welsh Government.  They were required to submit a business case for the revenue element evidencing how their proposal met the fundamental aim of reducing infant class sizes in schools that meet the target criteria.  They were required to include a wide range of supporting information, and baseline data along with anticipated outcomes.  These will be used to monitor progress. 

Local authorities were invited to submit bids for the £20m capital element, where reducing infant class sizes in schools that meet the target criteria  is dependent on the creation of additional classrooms. 

17 local authorities submitted bids for capital funding. All bids have been scrutinised in line with 21st Century School principles to ensure that they meet the fundamental aim of reducing infant class sizes in schools that meet the target criteria.

The authorities which did not submit bids for capital funding could either accommodate additional classrooms within their existing school buildings or didn’t have the space within the schools estate to build. These authorities are, however, receiving revenue funding for additional teachers and teaching assistants. 

Payment of grant is subject to receipt of satisfactory progress reports.  As part of the monitoring and reporting process authorities are required to report on actual expenditure, class size data and progress against anticipated outcomes.

 

As well as reducing infant class sizes in some cases funding will also support other cross cutting policies such as creating additional capacity to meet demand for Welsh-language provision and supporting the childcare offer as well as improving the conditions of school buildings for teachers and learners.

A breakdown of local authorities in receipt of capital funding is included below:

 

 

Reducing Infant Class Sizes Grant

 

Authority and school name

Additional Classrooms

Blaenau Gwent

 

Willowtown Primary

1

St Iltyd's Primary

1

Bridgend

 

Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr

1

Croesty Primary

2

Cardiff

 

Oakfield Primary

4

St Fagan's CiW Primary

2

St Francis Primary

2

Carmarthenshire

 

Ysgol y Ddwylan

2

Ysgol Bynea

2

Ysgol Saron

2

Ysgol Penygoes

2

Ceredigion

 

Ysgol Gynradd Aberteifi

1

Pontrhydfendigaid

1

Conwy

 

Ysgol Capelulo

1

Flintshire

 

Ysgol Glan Aber

1

Gwynedd

 

Ysgol Glancegin

1

Merthyr Tydfil

 

Ysgol Santes Tudful

1

Trelewis Primary

1

Neath Port Talbot

 

Gnoll Primary

1

YGG Rhosafan

4

YGG Castell-nedd

1

Newport

 

Maesglas – Nursery provision

1

Pembrokeshire

 

Fenton Primary School

1

Powys

 

Authority to confirm the names of the schools

4

Rhondda Cynon Taff

 

Gelli Primary

2

Llanharan Primary

2

Parc Lewis Primary

1

Swansea

 

Hendrefoilan Primary

1

Sea View Primary

2

Penyrheol Primary

1

Ysgol GG Bryniago

1

Wrexham

 

Barker’s Lane

4

33 schools

Total classrooms: 54

 

 

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