The TES is reporting that an education expert has suggested schools should consider increasing class sizes to free up time and money for teachers to receive proper professional development…
Professor Robert Coe, director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University, said a debate needed to be opened as to whether class sizes or better teachers were to be a priority in the future.
“Unless there is going to be more funding so schools can employ more teachers, we need to consider how staff can have fewer hours in the classroom so they can undergo proper professional development,” Professor Coe told TES at a Sutton Trust and Gates Foundation conference in Washington DC.
“People often say, would you rather your child be taught in a class of 15 or 30 and obviously I say 15, but I would much rather have a really good teacher who is not exhausted and really on top of their game every day and have that teacher teach more students.”
Class sizes in Singapore are larger than in the UK, enabling their teachers to attend intensive professional development classes, he added.
Professor Coe’s comments come just days after his research showed that teachers who undergo constant and good quality professional development have the biggest impact on student outcomes…
I’m not sure how valid the trade-off is, but let’s take Prof Coe at face value and ask which you would choose: smaller class sizes or more professional development? Please tell us which and why….
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