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Budget 2018

Class sizes set to fall next year

Reducing class sizes in primary schools was a key priority of the INTO in the run up to this week’s budget. The union also campaigned for increased administrative time for teaching principals.

Progress on both of these issues has been delivered. The INTO has welcomed the announcement of additional teachers to tackle overcrowded classes in primary schools.

Currently, Irish classes at primary level are among the largest in the EU, second only to the UK. More than 100,000 pupils in Ireland are in supersized classes of 30 or more.

The president and general secretary today thanked members who lobbied TDs in advance of the budget as part of the union’s primary priorities campaign.