Despite performing well in areas such as the standards of entrants to teaching, pupils’ reading levels, and public satisfaction with education; there are still big improvements to make in class sizes, funding, and support to school leadership. We are asking the Government to invest in primary education in Budget 2020 across three key areas, to make sure the children of Ireland are given the best possible start.
INTO members across the country play a critical role in helping to secure investment in Budget 2020. Meet with or write to your local politician, share our campaign literature online or speak to parents in your school.
Reduce Class Size
Primary school classes are the largest in the Eurozone, five above the EU average of 20. Smaller classes support inclusion of children, allow more individual attention, and meets the ambition of the Government to establish the best education system in the world. A planned reduction in class size, starting in 2020, is vital.
Workload burdens are making school leadership impossible. Principals and teaching principals are overworked, underpaid and struggling under never-ending administrative work. We need one leadership and management day per week for teaching principals, and restoration of promoted posts.
Fund our schools
Because primary schools are underfunded, many schools depend on voluntary contributions from parents to cover day-to-day running costs. Capitation grants were cut by €30 in the recession. Full restoration is urgently needed to fund basic costs.
Budget 2020 Lobby Day: