Question - I am receiving Query:Query 1230Q Please Check: KS1 or reception class with pupil/teacher ratio greater than 30, why is this?
Answer - Query 1230Q occurs if a class is listed as having more than 30 students with only one teacher present in Admin > Census > Spring Census 2019 > Class Information. As per the DfE Census guidance (p45-46):
"Any primary or all-through school that appears to have infant classes (reception and / or ‘KS1’) in breach of the legal class size limit of 30 pupils per single school teacher (as a result of teachers being on PPA time, those reporting classes with ‘excepted activities’ or any other circumstances) will be contacted by the department for further details. An explanation or the ‘exception reason’ will be sought. Where necessary, the Secretary of State has the power to direct schools to comply.
The School Admissions (Infant Class Sizes) (England) Regulations 2012 prescribe certain limited circumstances in which pupils may be admitted as exceptions to the infant class size limit. These exceptions are: a) children admitted outside the normal admissions round with an education, health and care plan specifying a school 46 b) looked after children and previously looked after children admitted outside the normal admissions round c) children admitted, after initial allocation of places, because of a procedural error made by the admission authority or local authority in the original application process d) children admitted after an independent appeals panel upholds an appeal e) children who move into the area outside the normal admissions round for whom there is no other available school within reasonable distance (the LA has to confirm that the child qualifies under this category) f) children of UK service personnel admitted outside the normal admissions round; g) children whose twin or sibling from a multiple birth is admitted otherwise than as an excepted pupil h) children with special educational needs who are normally taught in an special educational needs unit attached to the school, or registered at a special school, who attend some infant classes within the mainstream school These children will remain an ‘excepted pupil’ for the time they are in an infant class or until the class numbers fall back to the current infant class size limit."