Teacher quality versus class size

It’s easy to sell a smaller class size policy. On the surface it seems a no-brainer. First points to Labour (and the teacher unions).

But would pupils and their parents choose (smaller) class size over the quality of teacher?

I know from my own experience as a pupil, and as a parent of pupils, that in hoping for or pushing for a particular class the teacher was always the primary consideration.

Would I choose a poor teacher with a class of 20 or a great teacher with a class of 25? 30?

If parents and pupils could choose their class then crap teachers would have tiny classes and the best teachers would have the biggest classes.

Teacher quality versus class size will be an interesting debate through this election campaign.



  1. Brown

     /  8th July 2014

    Under a Labour govt teacher quality won’t be an issue addressed.

  2. … aside from the $25m extra for improved teacher training, raising the quality of entrants & higher qualifications needed to get into the profession… no Labour would never do that…

    except it’s in the policy. What is this site, some mouth piece for the seriously ill informed or the stupidly arrogant.