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Discussion in 'Early Years' started by lmf1980, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. lmf1980

    lmf1980 New commenter

    I have 31 children coming into my reception class in September. Can anyone advise me if there is a legal ratio for reception classes or if it is just recommendations. Thank you
  2. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    It depends on why you have 31 children.There are a number of "exceptions" to infant class size
    In extremely limited circumstances, an infant class may have more than 30 pupils.
    Pupils may be admitted in unforeseen circumstances, e.g.
    • Where a child moves into an area outside the normal admissions round and there is no other school within a reasonable distance
    • Where a child receives a statement of special educational needs naming the school, outside the normal admissions round.
    • Where an extra place has to be offered because an error has been made in the admissions process that leads to a pupil being refused a place incorrectly.
    • Where an appeal panel decides that an admission authority has made an error which denied the child a place or has acted unreasonably in initially refusing to admit a pupil.
    Pupils admitted for the above reasons are classed as excepted pupils. The class may remain in excess of 30 pupils only for the remainder of the academic year. The following September the school will need to agree arrangements with the LEA to comply with the limit.
  3. I understand it to be as follows: 15 teacher:15 TA. If you exceed 30 reception children in your class then you would need an extra teacher. However I'm not sure where this info came from originally but at my school we have used this as the rule and we never exceed the 30 limit in the reception class.
  4. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    I'm afraid not josephabigail the legal ratio for reception is 1 teacher to 30 children (no statutory requirement for a TA although it is considered good practice).
  5. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    If additional children are admitted as "exceptions" the additional teacher requirement doesn't apply for that school year

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