Department for Education data indicates there is the equivalent of one extra pupil in each secondary school class compared with two years ago.
As of January 2020, the findings are:
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said, “This increase in class sizes is a direct result of real-terms cuts in school funding. Schools have had no alternative other than to reduce the number of staff they employ at the same time as pupil numbers are rising.
A Department for Education spokesman said: “We’ve created around 920,000 school places since 2010 and remain on track to create one million by 2020. “Coupled with the rising standards in our schools, this Government is ensuring every child benefits from the education they deserve.”