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More than 50 new classrooms to help reduce infant class sizes

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An additional 54 classrooms will be built in schools as part of a £36 million fund to reduce infant class sizes, Education Minister Kirsty Williams has announced.

The new classrooms will be in schools with the largest infant class sizes, with high levels of deprivation and/or additional needs.

Funding will go towards building new learning spaces. Credit: DARREN ENGLAND/AAP/PA Images

The £36m fund is made up of £16m of revenue to help recruit additional teachers. £20m will go towards building extra classrooms and learning space.

The Education Secretary said the funding will "make a real difference" for schools.

This funding will benefit over a 100 schools across Wales. Taken into context with our wider reforms of strengthening initial teacher training and professional learning, and doing away with unnecessary bureaucracy, this will make a real difference on the front line; ensuring that every child gets the best start in life. By providing schools with new classrooms and additional teachers we can allow teachers to devote more time and attention to individual pupils. Not only is this beneficial for the pupil and the teacher, but to the school’s ability to improve as a whole; a central part of our national mission to raise standards, reduce the attainment gap, and deliver an education system which is a source of national pride and confidence.

– Kirsty Williams, Education Secretary

Announced in April last year, the revenue element of the grant is funding over 90 additional teachers and over 20 additional teaching assistants in schools throughout Wales.