Pupils at a primary school in Devon are taught in large classrooms where a single teacher supervises 67 pupils in a single lesson.
Broadclyst Community Elementary School has one of the highest middle classes in the country, where 42 students will attend each session.
Across the country, more and more schools are choosing to fill their classrooms to the brim and in parts of the northwest, children are also being educated in larger class sizes as per pupil funding encourages principals schools to fill their classrooms.
Current rules state that children under the age of seven should not be in classes of more than 30 students.
This is when there are no rules for people over that age and Broadclyst director Jonathan Bishop has slammed claims that these class sizes could hamper the education of students.
The amphitheater-style room at Broadclyst Primary School in Devon, which can accommodate up to 67 students
Speaking to the Sunday Times, he said he didn’t think 30 was a “magic number” for getting a better education.
“Our sixth grade class has 67 children in one room. There are times when a teacher teaches these 67 children. Is it bad, of course it’s not bad.
“Our 6th grade class is designed like an amphitheater, I can accommodate 67 children there, I know I’ll be Public Enemy # 1 saying that.”
The school currently has an ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted, but despite this, experts have said that people who believe that high quality education can be followed in an environment similar to Broadclyst are ‘wrong’ .
Broadclyst pupils are among more than 559,000 primary schoolchildren in the UK who have attended so-called super-large classes, up from 501,000 five years earlier.
The school (pictured above) currently has an “exceptional” rating by Ofsted
On average, schools are allocated a budget of £ 3,500-5,000 per pupil, and arrangements such as formal education are believed to have been put in place to help schools increase their budgets.
Concerns have been expressed that the UK education system may evolve into a system similar to that of Asia, where children are educated in large classes.
Education professor at the University of Buckingham, Alan Smithers said classes like those in Devon were detrimental and were one of the reasons some parents choose to have their children go to school privately.
He said funding cuts were pushing schools into large class sizes and young children needed personal attention.
Despite this, other schools in the UK also use methods similar to Broadclyst, and Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Buckinghamshire has also adopted larger classes in the hope that it will prepare its students for the ‘university.
Principal David Atkinson said the average class size at the school is 32 and sixth graders have more than 210 students per class.
In England, class sizes have continued to grow over the past five years. In secondary schools, there were around 402,000 students in classes over 30, a 44% increase from five years ago.
It was then that nearly 22,000 were taught in classes of at least 36 students, up from 14,000 five years ago.