Introduction

1.1 At its meeting on Friday 11 March 2005, Council agreed the terms of a report from the ad hoc Sub-Committee on Falling Rolls which included, inter alia, a number of recommendations for further action by the Institute and its committees. The Executive Committee, at its meeting on 22 April 2005, agreed that a paper should be prepared dealing with the following specific recommendations from the ad hoc Sub-Committee:

"The need to develop further the EIS case on class size to take account of recent developments and to articulate the possible advantages of falling rolls in pursuing EIS policy."

1.2 Also at its March meeting, Council agreed to be represented on the ministerial working group on staffing resources and class sizes and it is intended that this working group would report in 2007, with an interim report to be published in 2006. Further the 2005 AGM, agreed to support the twintrack strategy promulgated originally by the Executive Committee and Council, by approving the following resolution:

"That this AGM resolve to endorse the involvement of Institute representatives on the ministerial working group on staffing resources and class sizes and instruct Council to continue to campaign, as appropriate, on Institute policy on class sizes, while the EIS continues to participate within the group."

It is to the latter part of this AGM resolution to which the remainder of this paper is directed.

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