I know,! I was sat in the school hall where all parents with their children who are going to reception class we're meeting, I'm sat there thinking, this is a bit weird there's about 40 odd kids hear. We was split into 2 groups and shown the reception class and school. I thought as there will be 2 teachers that there would be 2 classrooms but there was only 1, then as we are walking around I heard a few parents saying that 40 children in one classroom is going to be a lot . I still thought there must be 2 classrooms so I spoke to my friend who's son already goes to reception class there and she confimed that yes reception class is just one class room.
The nursary she is in at mo has about 20 children and 1 teacher, 2 qualified nursary nurses and 1 teaching assistant, that is fine with me and my dd loves it, the specialist school we want to send her to had 10 children 1 teacher and 4 qualified classroom assistants which is even more perfect. I can't for a second consider send my dd to this reception class, we have a big prob with the way they school special needs children in the actual school there so we never intended to send her onto school but as we were told reception class was separate and the teachers there were trained in special needs we thought we'd give just the reception class a go, plus my dd has a great set of friends in nursary so we thought it would be nice for her to spend more time with them. Turns out that there is only about 4 children from her nursary class going onto reception class anyway. All the others have had the right idea and have gone for other schools. This specialist school now is all we have, everything rests on getting this funding and then getting a place. If not then she's staying home, I can happily say that we are now in no doubt that that is the best option for her.
One things for sure, if she gets funding and place at special school then we are throwing one massive party
Ok, just done a little bit of research, legally there is only supposed to be 30 children to 1 teacher in reception class, but they way to make more spaces for children is to put more than 1 teacher in the classroom and when I walked around reception class we were told there would be 2 teachers in 1 classroom. So 1 teacher will take 30 children and the other teacher will take 30 children so there will be 60 children in 1 classroom. I have just read a report from a lady on another site saying her daughters reception class had 60 children.
The intake in my daughters school is up to 60 a year. Her year is roughly 45 kids.
In reception they were split into two classes. After that they were in mixed year groups and setted according to ability
I thought it was bad when I went to school having 35 in a class. I suppose the one good thing to come out of this is knowing we are 100% doing the right thing by not sending her there now. I won't even want my son who doesn't have special needs going there.
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