INTO sets out road map for future!

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) set out their roadmap for Budget 2016 and the General Election at a briefing event for TDs and Senators in Dublin last week.

  INTO’s ‘Stand up for Primary Education’ campaign sets out their vision for primary education in Ireland and their key areas of focus: smaller class sizes; increased funding; and greater support for school leaders. Speaking at the briefing event, Sheila Nunan, the general secretary of the INTO, said: “Ireland is in a new phase of growth and now is the time to be investing in primary education.

  “Not everyone will complete secondary education or go to university, but almost every child in Ireland will attend primary education, and every child should be given the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.

  “This means smaller classes, which will allow teachers to support each child individually, and well-funded schools with professional, dedicated teachers who are led and supported by excellent school leaders.

  “Early investment will reap real rewards for society and for the economy.”

  Classes in Irish primary schools are among the most overcrowded in the EU, with an average of 25 pupils per class compared to an EU average of 21 per class. More than 100,000 pupils in Ireland are in classes of 30 or more.

  Further information on www.standupprimary.ie.