Education Committee earlier today - pretty light agenda overall ... with most discussion centred around Item 7 on the class-size issue.
If you're interested in these things, the report is well worth a read - it really is an exemplar of how to take 14-pages to say one thing ... 'this national policy is a dogs breakfast, but we'll try and deliver it locally anyhow' :-(
Very few people are arguing - categorically - that reducing class-sizes in P1/2/3 to 18-pupils or less is a bad thing, but as I've pointed out very recently (here and here) there is no legislation to back up this national 'promise' and precious little money being provided to Local Authorities to deliver on it.
Every serious educationalist I've spoken to knows its not going to be delivered, and most are very worried about the problems that will ensue in any 'implementation without legislation and proper resourcing' ... which is just what the report mentioned above outlines.
But, never fear, all is well - because during the Committee discussion our esteemed Vice-Convenor of Education said there had:
"never been a promise of immediate delivery on this commitment - only to phase it in over time"
... stunning - truly stunning - he needs to read the top of page 52 here, which unequivocally states "we will reduce class sizes in Primary 1, 2 and 3 to eighteen pupils or less to give children more time with their teacher at this vital stage of their development."
Talk about re-writing history ...