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Class size limits: reception and KS1
What are the rules about infant class sizes? We explain that ordinary infant classes have a limit of 30 pupils per teacher. We also list circumstances in which there are exceptions to this rule, and look at circumstances involving mixed year classes.
Extended services: staffing ratios
Learn what the staffing ratio requirements for holiday, after-school and breakfast clubs are so you can make sure you're compliant.
EYFS staffing ratio and qualification requirements
What are the statutory staffing requirements for the EYFS? We set out the staffing ratio and qualification requirements in early years group settings, and summarise the requirements in a downloadable KeyDoc. We also look at a series of FAQs about staffing ratios and qualification requirements.
'School teachers' in EYFS and infant classes
Who counts as a 'school teacher' for EYFS and infant classes? We explain who counts as a 'school teacher' when calculating ratios, and answer frequently asked questions (FAQs) on who counts as a 'school teacher'.
Staffing ratios for supervising breaks and lunchtimes
UpdatedIt’s up to you to decide how many members of staff you have supervising breaks and lunchtimes, unless you're an early years provider where there's set requirements. Get advice on deciding the right staffing ratio.
Staffing ratios for trips and visits
You should determine staffing ratios for school trips based on an assessment of risk, and you must follow your LA's guidance where this exists. Here's what you need to weigh up, including extra needs you must meet for pupils in the EYFS.
Staffing ratios: secondary schools
There's no set teacher to pupil ratio or class sizes in secondary schools. However, read our guidance for help with determining what ratios would be appropriate.
Staffing ratios: special schools
What is the average staff to pupil ratio in a special school? We look at national averages for staffing ratios in special schools. We also relay advice from one of our associate education experts, and look at the Department for Education’s area guidelines.
Transporting pupils: guidance and risk assessments
If your school is transporting pupils, whether for an educational visit or a sports fixture against another school, you'll need to think about your staffing for this and complete a risk assessment. Have a look at guidance on what to consider, and find examples of risk assessment forms.
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