Question Small Schools

As I understand it, smaller schools are more expensive to run (per pupil) than larger schools.  So there can be an economic case for closing them and sending pupils to larger schools.  However a school is an important, even critical asset of some small communities.

I therefore recommend a review of small schools in larger communities which contain other schools, with a view to consolidating them into larger entities.

I recognise that some small schools have a religious aspect, though I feel that in many cases parents send their children to smaller schools because they think they will get a better education, not for religious reasons.

There are also so many religions practiced nowadays that it would be impossible in a region such as ours to cater for more than one or two of them, and that being the case it seems better to cater for none. 

 

 

Why the contribution is important

The idea is principally about improving cost effectiveness, while recognising that a school is an essential element of small isolated communities.

by mep123 on December 16, 2018 at 04:53PM

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  • Posted by anwensteel January 26, 2019 at 10:48

    I agree
  • Posted by matt January 31, 2019 at 08:07

    Agreed. See my post ‘amalgamation of schools’
  • Posted by juliepirone January 31, 2019 at 14:33

    Small schools play a huge role in their local usually rural communities, without small schools providing education, smaller rural communities will die, families will move. the cost saving may save in the short term but the long term isolated communities with no families will cost more.
  • Posted by juliepirone January 31, 2019 at 14:33

    Small schools play a huge role in their local usually rural communities, without small schools providing education, smaller rural communities will die, families will move. the cost saving may save in the short term but the long term isolated communities with no families will cost more.
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