Most say class size has a negative impact on student progress and behavior, according to a new survey.
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Three quarters of teachers say their classes are getting bigger.
And most say class size is having a negative impact on student progress and behavior, according to a new survey.
Research by the teachers’ union NASUWT found that 90% of teachers believed behavior was affected by crowded classrooms.
Only 21% said their classroom has always been large enough for the number of students they teach.
And more than two-thirds also said they believe classes that are too big for their classroom have resulted in more children catching Covid-19.
dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT secretary general, said children and their teachers “deserve better.”
He said: “The harmful effects of increased student numbers in classes have been further revealed during the pandemic, creating the perfect conditions for Covid-19 transmission.
“This situation demonstrates once again the failure of government oversight over the past decade to plan student placements or ensure the additional investment needed to increase teacher enrollment.”
A spokesman for the Department of Education said: “Schools and educational staff have done what they can throughout the pandemic to ensure every child gets the education they deserve.”
They added: “In primary school, the average class size has decreased in 2020/21 compared to 2019/20 – the majority of primary schools have 27 students or fewer per class. At secondary schools, class sizes remain small, averaging 22 students per class in 2020/21, despite an increase of nearly 800,000 students in the system since 2010.
“We also added over 1 million additional school places between May 2010 and May 2021, the largest increase in school capacity in at least two generations.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/three-quarters-teachers-say-class-26728003 Three-quarters of teachers say class sizes have increased, affecting behavior and learning