In accordance with ASTI policy on class size the following are the maximum class sizes which should be permitted in schools:
|Leaving Cert Applied||24|
|Leaving Cert Vocational Programme||24|
|Materials Technology (wood)||24|
|Transition Year Programme||24|
|All other classes||30|
This directive will help to:
- foster good teaching practice
- encourage positive classroom relationships
- assist school discipline
- enhance standards of education
- retain teaching positions
It should be noted that the Department of Education and Science has no recommended class sizes and there are no legal liabilities on a teacher in relation to this matter. Such liabilities are a matter for the employer who has to ensure that pupils are given an adequate duty of care.
If a school is experiencing a difficulty with regard to the class size directive the School Steward should raise the matter with the Principal and seek a resolution.