The Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto contained a pledge to reduce infant class sizes, establishing a dedicated fund to ensure teachers had the time to focus on a child’s individual needs.
The progressive agreement committed that “infant class sizes are reduced”.
In January 2017 Kirsty Williams announced a £36million fund to reduce infant class sizes and raise standards. It will start with the largest class sizes, targeting classes where teaching and learning needs to improve and where there are high levels of deprivation.
Commenting on the fund, Welsh Liberal Democrat Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams said:
“Our national mission is to raise standards and extend opportunities for all our young people.
“Time and time again parents and teachers tell me that they are concerned about class sizes. We have listened to these concerns, looked at the international evidence, and are today announcing a new £36m fund to address infant class sizes.
“There is a positive connection between smaller classes and attainment, particularly for pupils from poorer backgrounds. This is most significant for younger children, which is why we are targeting this investment at infant class sizes.
“This announcement, linked to our other reforms, will create the space for teachers to teach and for pupils to learn.”