grammar school. I am the only music teacher. I have four forms of each year in key stage 3 to teach for one hour per week. Each class has at least 30 boys. That's 360 pupils, plus the GCSE-option groups in Years 10 and 11.
How on earth do I give each one of them personal attention? It's as much as I can do to learn their names before the end of Year 7. Given falling rolls, what an opportunity we now have to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio and put the idea into practice. Oh, but I forgot: funding is per head and not likely to increase, so we must make teachers redundant instead. I have listened over the years to so many wonderful (and crackpot) initiatives but not one mentions the only thing that would make a real difference: class sizes.
We have the General Teaching Council to campaign for us on this one, and I'm sure it will if it can just clear its disciplinary hearings. But I won't hold my breath.