Reduce class sizes, and support primary schools
Fianna Fáil’s focus on education through the Confidence and Supply Arrangements has resulted in smaller class sizes in primary schools right across the country.
The pupil teacher ratio is set to reach the lowest ever level recorded of 26:1. A quality learning environment isn’t just about smaller classes though. We also need to provide other services such as therapies in schools.
Supports should also to cover everyday running costs such as lighting, heating and cleaning without parents being forced into ‘voluntary contributions’. Fianna Fáil will increase capitation payments to schools and invest in both small and large schools infrastructure.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to support primary schools
A better Pupil–Teacher ratio
Reduce the Pupil:Teacher ratio to 21:1 in primary schools and reverse staffing schedule changes to small schools in rural Ireland.
Increase capitation levels to 2010 levels as recent reports indicate that parents have to fork out €46m each year to keep the doors open in primary schools.
Minor works grant
Place the Minor works grant on a permanent footing and a multi-annual basis to allow schools to plan ahead.
Early intervention teams
Establish multi-disciplinary early intervention teams based in pre-schools and primary schools. These teams will include Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Psychologists, who are necessary in supporting children’s development. This will also help to ensure early intervention for children with needs.
All Issues in Supporting Young Families
Childcare costs are at an all-time high, with the average cost of a fulltime childcare place for a pre-school aged child now at more than €155 per week, far beyond what is affordable for most people in Ireland.
Building Affordable Homes for All
The state has to step up and build affordable units in the right places. This is a core part of Fianna Fail’s vision for securing home ownership for the next generation.