At Roselyon School we believe in small class sizes. Our current classes are around 10 children per class and we’ll never allow more than 18 in a Roselyon class. But why does that matter?
Well, let’s compare two classes. In terms of teacher ability, student levels, and student behaviour, they are essentially identical. The only difference is that one class has 10 children and the other has 30. Which class would you want your child in? Which class is better for the child? The smaller one is the obvious answer, but do you know exactly why?
Here are five reasons why a small class size is so important:
1. More one -to-one time In our 10-pupil class, it stands to reason that each child will have three times more individual time with their teacher. This type of educating is critical, both for development of skills and for inspiring children.
2. Easier to identify issues In large classes, teachers can struggle to identify where problems might be arising, and then because their time is so limited, they may struggle to adequately address these issues. Within these kinds of spaces, where teachers have too little time to watch for and address individual issues, children can begin to ‘slip through the cracks’.
3. More cohesive class culture A small class will ultimately make a more cohesive group than a large one. In a smaller classroom setting, children will have the opportunity to interact with and form relationships with all of their classmates, ensuring that the class is more supportive of each other.
4. Children are more engaged When children have a good relationship with their teacher and know they are responsible for their work and level of participation, they become more engaged. When they care what their teacher thinks of their performance, they produce better work.
5. Research shows tremendous benefits to small classes
Don’t just take our word for it – the vast majority of research shows that children perform better in all subjects, at all levels, in small classes.