Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

More teachers employed for Isle of Man pupil boom

More reception teachers are being employed by the Manx government after a 18% increase in the number of pupils expected to start school in September.

An education spokesman said the average intake of about 800 reception-aged children has risen by more than 200.

Eight new staff members will be recruited over the summer months - four teachers and four support officers.

Education Director, Martin Barrow said the census figures indicate more families are moving to the island.

He added: "The increases we are seeing are not solely down to a growing birth rate - it is also because more children being brought to the island."

There are currently about 45 reception classes, each costing in the region of about £80,000 every year in staffing costs.

The additional pupil numbers will see extra reception classes within two or three of the island's 34 primary schools - changes which are expected to push up education costs by hundreds of thousands of pounds.

"We have already allowed for the extra cost in this year's budget but if the number of children starting school continues to rise, we will need to go back to treasury next year to talk about how we will deal with the issue."

All parents with children who will be aged four by the end of August are encouraged to register with their nearest school as soon as possible.

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