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Is this normal ratio wise?

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busybee20 Tue 20-Sep-11 17:08:44

Hello just a quick question my DD has started reception this year and I was surprised that in a class of 30 children , only two members of staff. The class teacher and teaching assistant. Does this apply in all schools?

Oggy Tue 20-Sep-11 17:10:17

This was the ratio in my sons reception class.

spanieleyes Tue 20-Sep-11 17:10:30

The legal ratio is one teacher to 30 children, you might think yourself lucky there is a TA too!

thisisyesterday Tue 20-Sep-11 17:17:09

yeah pretty much!

when I were a girl we had one teacher to 30 kids.

PotatoSkins Tue 20-Sep-11 17:17:52

that would be normal.

Runoutofideas Tue 20-Sep-11 17:21:37

Yes it is normal - In dds' school TA time reduces as they get older too. In reception Teacher plus full time TA. In Year 1 teacher plus 2 TAs for 3 classes. In Yr 2 Teacher plus 1 TA for 3 classes.....

prh47bridge Tue 20-Sep-11 17:28:58

Yes, that is absolutely normal. As spanieleyes says the TA is not required legally. In some schools you will find infant classes of 30 children with just one teacher.

mrz Tue 20-Sep-11 18:33:47

The legal ratio for reception is one teacher to 30 pupils as prh says a TA isn't required by law.

busybee20 Tue 20-Sep-11 21:12:51

Thanks everyone. Just a bit of a shock when used to seeing more staff at nursery.

spanieleyes Tue 20-Sep-11 21:15:15

The difficulty Reception classes have is in trying to run the same type of curriculum as Nursery with half the staff!

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