This year I have an S2 class with 24 pupils in it (they all have access to a computer). I have just been told that we are putting in a classroom capable of holding 30 pupils and there is a good chance that I will have S2 or S3 classes with that number of pupils in it. It would therefore seem plausible that this could be done with my certificate classes in the future.
the class size issue has been bubbling under the surface for a number of years now having started in the north of Scotland in Highland, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire but it’s now spread to Fife, Ayrshire and some parts of Edinburgh among others. Various Computing teachers in CAS Scotland, who are members of the EIS, have tried to raise this issue repeatedly at the annual AGM but the motion has been defeated every time. We did a significant amount of work to gather the arguments and the hard evidence for the last attempt but it was overtaken by a more general motion to look at practical subjects again. No one regularly involved in the committee has any time to spare to follow up on the status of this process as our day to day teaching workload has become an unending grind and many of us are either short staffed or in single person departments as well.