Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, has announced that an extra 54 classrooms will be built in Wales as part of a drive to reduce infant class sizes.
Reducing infant class sizes has been a long-standing priority for the Welsh Liberal Democrats. We campaigned for and secured a £36million fund to reduce infant class sizes and our Education Minister is now overseeing its implementation.
The fund provides capital funding allowing local authorities to build additional space and capacity, as well as supporting them to recruit teachers. The investment is particularly targeted at schools with the largest infant class sizes who also have high levels of deprivation or additional needs.
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, said:
“Time and time again parents and teachers tell us that they are concerned about class sizes. The Welsh Liberal Democrats have listened to these concerns.
“By providing schools with new classrooms and additional teachers we are ensuring teachers have can devote more time and attention to individual pupils.
“Reducing infant class sizes is a key part of our national mission to raise standards, reduce the attainment gap, and deliver an education system which is a source of national pride and confidence.”
Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“Reducing infant class sizes has been a key Welsh Liberal Democrat policy and I am pleased we are delivering it in Government.
“The fund’s emphasis on schools with high levels of deprivation is further evidence of the Welsh Liberal Democrat commitment that people’s life chances should not be restricted by their background.”