The benefits of small class sizes

The benefits of mixed aged classes at Skelton Community Primary School: 
  • In a mixed-age class pupils stay with the same teacher for a couple of years. This allows the teacher to develop a deeper understanding of a pupil’s strengths and needs, and puts them in a better position to support their learning.


  • In the second year of being with the same teacher, pupils at the school gain extra teaching time as the teacher does not have to spend the early weeks in the school year getting to know each child.


  • Less review of prior instruction is needed before proceeding with new content and the pupil feels more comfortable and ready to learn.


  • Mixed-age teaching at the school ensures that teachers view pupils as unique individuals and pay more attention to their needs. As a result teachers focus on teaching each child according to his or her own strengths.


  • Socially, pupils enjoy being taught in mixed-class groups and love growing in stature across the two years. Older children have the opportunity to serve as mentors and to take leadership roles and younger pupils are able to accomplish tasks they could not do without the assistance of older children. Pupils develop a better sense of familiarity with their classmates and learn to mix with a wide range of age groups from a young age.