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.