The complexity of the contemporary classroom is such that, with larger class sizes, teachers find it challenging to meet the broad spectrum of needs children now present with.
When class numbers are more reasonable, modern teaching methods work more effectively, and teachers can spend the time needed with children. This is particularly important for children with additional needs and those from disadvantaged communities.
In Budget 2023, the INTO is campaigning for a two-point reduction in average class size in a single year.
We estimate the full-year cost to be roughly €30 million per annum or €10 million from September to December 2023.