QTU history of class size campaigns

Year Class size (targets) NOTES
1950s 50 - 60  
1970s >40 in most classes  
1974 36 Threats of strike action moved these decisions along to drop class sizes with a promise from govt. to reduce targets.
1975 34  
1971 32  
1979 Recommended but not adopted
Yrs 1-3 = 1:25
Yrs 4-10 = 1:30
Yrs 11-12 = 1:25  
Ahern Select Parliamentary Report recommended
1982 30 (Years 4 – 10)   Ahern Report recommendation adopted by govt in 1982-83 over four years.[1]
2003 Reduced from 30 to 28 for Years 4 – 10 (middle schooling) phased in.  
2007 28(Years 4-10) Fully implemented by Feb 2007 as a result of 2003 EB (Beattie govt).[2]  COSTINGS = $38 million by Beattie government to reduce class sizes  

[1] Sources: QTU media release dated 24 September 1982;1982-83+ budget speech and financial statements; Department of Education annual reports 1983.

[2] (QTJ vol. 119, no. 2, 14 Mar 2014, pp. 24-25) (Smaller classes will give children smarter education / Peter Beattie, 14 Aug 2003)

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