A new INTO survey reveals that one-third of primary teachers believe standards in English and Maths will fall due to the introduction of the new curriculum.
The survey is the fourth in a series of studies into the curriculum in primary schools. It is the first to examine the revised curriculum, which was introduced in 1999. According to survey results, a large percentage of teachers contend that:
Large class sizes are making it difficult to cover all areas of the new expanded courses;
The revised English curriculum is too broad to allow all areas to be covered properly and too little time is left to teach basic literacy and numeracy;
Individual attention for pupils is impossible due to large classes;
Newcomer children without English and special needs children would be better taught in a smaller class.
Other concerns relate to implementing the curriculum in old schools with basic facilities.
"Although many teachers stated that they enjoyed teaching the revised curriculum, a lack of resources, class size and time constraints are major problems."
Funding for resources is a cause of dissatisfaction - only 28 per cent were satisfied with the funding available. (Source: Irish Times/Education Matters