Teachers choose smaller classes over pay rises

The TES is reporting the findings of a survey of UK teachers that found most staff would prefer smaller classes over pay rises. 

Teachers believe that smaller class sizes are more effective than staff pay rises at improving learning, despite research evidence that teaching smaller groups has little or no effect on performance, according to new poll findings.

A survey by TES Global, parent company of TES, asked more than 4,300 UK teachers to prioritise how any extra resources to improve learning should be allocated and found that smaller class sizes was their top choice by a large margin.

Almost 56 per cent chose reduced class sizes – nearly three times as many as the second most popular option, better teacher pay, which was chosen by 19 per cent. The third choice was better professional development, chosen by 11 per cent of respondents.

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove That’ll be because it means less marking and therefore something resembling a work-life balance

  2. Medvedenko

    If you more closely at research findings (Hattie), class size does improve pupil outcomes IF teachers change their teaching approach for smaller class size. If they carry teaching in the same way however, then it has no effect.

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