Scotland’s teacher union, EIS, are pushing for the reduction in the number of pupils per class. Funds are being put into place to further support this, with their ideal number per class being 18.
In some areas class sizes have increased even further and show no sign of reducing. At the beginning of this academic year, classroom sizes increased from 27 per class to 28 in the Republic of Ireland and according to the Surplus Places Survey the number of Primary pupils are set to increase even further in the next few years. This will make it even more inevitable for the number of pupils per class to increase.
In an environment where there is only 1 teacher to as many as 28 pupils, this could have an effect on the childrens learning and could lead to scenarios where the pupils are being disruptive just to have some 1-to-1 time with the teacher.
Let us know your views: How many pupils are in your class? Do you feel this is an adequate number? When applying for a vacancy, is the number of pupils a key factor in helping you make your decision? Do you think the government are putting enough funds in place to rectify this issue?