An interesting report was published last week, which is certain to stir things up in the debate around small schools. According to the report (linked above), there appears to be little difference between a school’s size and the quality of teaching. The Department of Education were quick to add that this report had nothing to do with the debate around the viability of small schools and Ruairi Quinn was quoted as saying that small schools would be a major feature in the education landscape.
020. Replace small schools with “hubs”
This idea is probably going to be the one where I’m hung out to dry! Yes, it looks like I’m advocating for amalgamating small schools. However, read on, before you accuse me of killing rural Ireland! Rather than killing rural communities, my proposal is to build them. Having 3 schools with less than 30 pupils … Read more