Class Size – Mixed Ability

/Class Size – Mixed Ability
Class Size – Mixed Ability 2020-10-22T13:57:56+00:00

Class Sizes & Levels

  • The maximum class size will not exceed 30 pupils in academic subjects. In practical classes, the maximum number will not exceed 24 pupils however the maximum number of students for Home economics is 20.
  • All subjects are available at the appropriate level: Higher, Ordinary and Foundation Level is available to students of Gaeilge and Maths. Fingal Community College follows the curricular programmes set down by the Department of Education and Skills which may be amended from time to time in accordance with the Education Act 1998 (Sections 9 & 30)

Mixed Ability at Fingal Community College

Strict streaming of classes has been found to foster negative attitudes and to lower self-esteem.  In order to promote and encourage student self-confidence, classes are placed in mixed ability groups.

The opportunity for students to prepare for examination subjects at various levels is achieved by setting.  This involves timetabling two or more classes for a particular subject at the same time.  Thus it is possible for a student to undertake the Junior Cycle course in different subjects at different levels.  For example, a student might wish to take Junior Cycle English at Higher or Ordinary Level.  The same student may choose to take Maths at Ordinary Level.  This system allows for flexibility so that the students’ needs are met, and yet it avoids a stigmatization, which can go hand in hand with a system of strict streaming.  The above system of setting may operate from the end of first year and particularly with third year and senior cycle.