The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (Sections 1- 4) require that all infant classes with a single qualified teacher should contain no more than 30 pupils from September 2001. The regulations relate to pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes.
This restricts the ability of the Governing Bodies of popular, oversubscribed primary schools from increasing their PAN to meet the growing demand.
At the moment there is surplus demand in a number of London boroughs. Some schools are introducing bulge classes to accomodate the increased birth rates and local demographics. However this is not always possible.
Why is this idea important?
If this regulation was lifted with immediate effect we could create an automatic increase of up to 6.6% in Reception (and, if necessary Years 1 and 2) places.
it would support parental choice in popular schools.
Finally it should have a positive impact on overall costs.