What’s the issue?
The Government is putting $359 million into highly paid new roles for a small group of principals and teachers. Parents and teachers believe smaller class sizes would be a better way of using this.
In 2012, a massive wave of anger from parents and teachers saw the government back down from plans to increase class sizes.
Research from around the world shows that small class sizes are beneficial to both students and teachers. In their early years, students in smaller classes have consistently better results than students from large classes. Children in smaller classes are more engaged, have improved behaviour, more self confidence and are more resilient. They are more likely to go on to higher education and earn more money as adults.
Smaller classes mean teachers have more 1:1 time with students, and can use a greater variety of teaching strategies to meet every childâ€™s indivdiual needs.
NZEI wants the Government to commit to reducing primary class sizes further. We want more teacher aides and specialist help for children that are struggling.