The UK government’s major spending cuts have forced thousands of schools across the country to lower their standards in order to cope with the consequences of shrinking budgets, a new survey shows.
More than half of the country’s teachers have reported an increase in class sizes in the past year, according to preliminary data from a study by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, The Independent reported Sunday.
More than half of the school leaders told the ATL that class sizes had been one of their main concerns over the past 12 months.
The Independent cited some officials that the cuts had pushed the teacher to pupil ratio to 35 pupils or more at many cases.
The changes had particularly affected secondary education, where there is no limit on school sizes. Last year, the average primary school class had 27 pupils in it last year, while the figure stood at 20.4 for the the average secondary school class.
According to the report, per pupil…