The right foundation
The action plan clearly states that an integral part of the roll-out of the foundation phase will be no change in the adult:child ratios which will operate in the schools and settings for children in the three to five age range, where a ratio of 1:8 will remain in place.
A ratio of 1:15 will be introduced for children in the five to seven age range.
I hope that this letter will be given due prominence so that readers are not worried on the basis of misinformation.
Minister for education, lifelong learning and skills
* Editor's reply.
We were actually referring in the article to comments made at the launch of the action plan by Professor Siraj-Blatchford, co-author of the second evaluation report into the pilot foundation phase, who suggested teacher-child ratio in the three to five age group could be raised to 1:10 in classes with a fully-qualified teacher. We accept there may have been some confusion to readers.