LOCAL MP Mike Amesbury is concerned 3,200 more children in his constituency are in class sizes over 30 after a decade of Conservative Government.
One in six pupils in Cheshire West are in classes of more than 30, while in Halton the figure is one in seven.
New analysis from the Labour Party shows the number of pupils in class sizes of 31 or more, right across England, has soared under the Tories.
In Cheshire West and Chester, there are a “staggering” 2,319 more pupils in class sizes over 30 compared with 2010. In Halton, there are 894 more students in larger class sizes.
This is on top of a widening learning gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off classmates, which has only worsened during the pandemic.
Evidence suggests children in families that are struggling financially have fallen further behind their peers during national lockdowns.
To tackle these inequalities, Labour has launched a new ‘Bright Future Taskforce’ to deliver a long-term strategy for children’s recovery and ensure every child has the chance to fulfil their potential.
The Labour MP, whose constituency includes Runcorn East, Frodsham, Helsby and Northwich, said: “Over the last decade the Conservatives have made the wrong choices for children in Cheshire West and Halton, overseeing an increase in class sizes and failing to tackle the gap in learning which is holding children back.
“Labour has launched our Bright Future Taskforce to tackle the damage done by these policies ensuring every child can recover from the pandemic and achieve their full potential.”