Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, has announced that an extra 54 classrooms will be built in Wales as part of a drive to reduce infant class sizes.
Cardiff is set to receive more than £5million from the scheme, funding 10 new teaching posts and 8 new classrooms.
Reducing infant class sizes has been a long-standing priority for the Welsh Liberal Democrats. We campaigned for and secured a £36million fund to reduce infant class sizes and our Education Minister is now overseeing its implementation. Smaller class sizes help our hard-working teachers support students in the classroom.
The fund provides capital funding allowing local authorities to build additional space and capacity, as well as supporting them to recruit teachers. The investment is particularly targeted at schools with the largest infant class sizes who also have high levels of deprivation or additional needs.
Every child in Cardiff deserves the opportunity to succeed in education. With more teachers and new classrooms in the city, this Welsh Liberal Democrat initiative has taken us a step forward in improving social mobility and opportunities for young people across the city.
Cllr Rhys Taylor, Cardiff Lib Dem Spokesperson for Education, comments that:
"Today's announcement that Cardiff will receive more than £5m to fund 10 teachers and 8 new classrooms is great news for those parents and teachers concerned about class sizes.
"Reducing infant class sizes has been a key Welsh Liberal Democrat policy and I am pleased we are delivering it in Government.
“The fund’s emphasis on schools with high levels of deprivation is further evidence of the Welsh Liberal Democrat commitment that people’s life chances should not be restricted by their background.”