20th January 2020
It’s time to protect and champion our local primary schools.
Today, more than 559,000 children are taught in large classes in underfunded primary schools where there is minimal support for school leaders. This is not acceptable. The next government must change this reality.
One in five primary school children is taught in a class of 30 or more pupils. The EU average class size is 20. Why can’t we have the same in Ireland?
Smaller class sizes have a positive effect on children’s learning. Primary teachers support a broad range of pupil needs from special needs to language challenges and homelessness. Disadvantaged schools deal with unique challenges. They need a fair break.
We are asking candidates to pledge to reduce class sizes by one pupil per class per year for the next five years.
This election, vote for your local primary school and let’s make classes of 20 a reality by 2025.
INTO is asking our members to:
- Click here and e-mail your local candidates.
- Click here to share your local school priorities on social media.
- Attend your local hustings.
Over the coming weeks, INTO will be making the case for primary education around the country. Election toolkits will be issued to all schools next week. Please make sure that all election candidates are made aware of INTO’s priorities for General Election 2020. It’s time to protect #WhereFuturesStart.