Small Class Sizes
Our community engagement programme has shown a strong parental desire for smaller class sizes. This is backed up by research carried out by the Institute of Education.
Smaller class sizes facilitate:
- Greater academic attainment, especially evident in literacy with children who are most in need
- Smaller groups leading to more intense engagement of all children, with better concentration and higher quality work.
- More time spent actually teaching. Less procedural talk, less social and disciplinary interactions. Greater depth of curriculum coverage.
- Fewer challenges for classroom management, and pupil control. There is a significant relationship between class size and distractibility, with children in larger classes spend more time off-task
- More individual support for reading
- More teacher to individual pupil contact, enabling quicker intervention and better knowledge of the children
This research illustrates why we believe that smaller class sizes are fundamental to our ethos and for delivering our vision.