Equality in class sizes
The six-point salary scale for promoted staff (of principal teacher and beyond) is a recognition of the relationship between school population size and workload. This recognition should be extended to the so-called "practicalnon-practical" classes in secondary schools. The current practical class size of 20 is a commendable long-term aim, but in the shorter term a more feasible common maximum of 25 should be accepted as policy.
In a constantly changing and evolving educational environment, where a "child-centred" approach has become the norm, the differences between practical and non-practical class teaching methods have become insignificant. In view of this, the next logical step is to implement equity in class sizes across the curriculum.
Despite potentially difficult aspects of implementation this should be acknowledged on both sides of the bargaining table.
ANDREW NELSON Scarletmuir, Lanark