The key Welsh Liberal Democrat policy of reducing infant class sizes continues to be implemented by Kirsty Williams in Government as schools across Wales are set to benefit from 80 new teachers to reduce class sizes.
Funding for the new teachers comes from the £36m fund to reduce infant class sizes set up by Welsh Liberal Democrat Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams. Every local authority will benefit.
New teachers will be assigned to schools with large infant class sizes alongside substantial special educational needs or high levels of deprivation.
These teachers will help create smaller and more manageable classes, reducing teachers’ workloads and allowing teachers to give each pupil the time and attention they need.
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Jane Dodds commented:
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have proudly and consistently prioritised education, recognising its crucial role in tackling poverty and securing opportunity for Wales.
Reducing infant class sizes was one of the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ headline policies at the last Assembly Election so it’s hugely encouraging to see the policy being delivered so successfully.
This is yet more evidence of the transformative impact the Welsh Lib Dems are having on education in Wales.
Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams AM added:
Time and again teachers and parents tell us that class sizes are a concern. We have listened to those concerns.
This is central to our mission to raise standards, reduce the attainment gap and deliver an education system which is a source of national pride and confidence.