Holy Trinity National School

Reconstitution of Classes Policy

Reconstitution of Classes Policy


In the interest of providing the best education for all students, it may from time to time be necessary to re-constitute classes. This may happen for the following reasons.

  1. To adjust to the pupil-teacher ratio
  2. To address an uneven mix that can sometimes occur in classes.
  3. To give pupils the opportunity to broaden their social circle in school.

Aims and Objectives of this Policy

  • To provide a framework for the reconstitution of classes

  • To outline the criteria on which children are selected to be placed in different class groups.

  • To limit the enrolment of new children into composite classes, subject to Section 29 of the Education Act.

  • To outline the sound education principles followed when organising teaching and learning in reconstituted classes

    Criteria on which Children are selected to be placed in classes

    At the time of planning the classes for the coming year, the principal will look at the overall numbers in each year group and the number of teachers available to teach them. The principal in consultation with class-teachers, support teachers and previous teachers, will decide how best to organise classes with a view to providing the best educational opportunities for all children. It is sometimes felt that a reconstitution of classes is in the best interests of pupils. Where numbers dictate, this may involve the formation of a composite class.

    Where a reconstitution of classes is planned, pupils are consulted with regard to possible future classmates; pupils are asked to complete a table, indicating three peers with whom they:

  1. work well
  2. are good team mates and
  3. socialise.In reconstituting classes, every effort is made to ensure each child has at least one of the selected names in his/ her new class group.

Other criteria for the class composition include:

  • Pupil Teacher ratio

  • A Balance of abilities according to Standardised test results

  • As good a gender balance as can be achieved

  • A balance of pupil ages

  • A balance of pupils presenting with special educational needs

  • Parental preferences with regard to siblings at the same class level

  • Previous class groupings

Supports available to children and teachers in all classes

In all classes in Holy Trinity, in-class support involving learning support teacher(s) is the norm. On occasions, it may be considered preferential to withdraw  small groups of children.

The allocation of teachers to reconstituted classes

It is the duty of the Principal as per Circular 16/73 to assign teaching duties.

Reconstitution Procedure

In May the teachers and principal  attend class formation meetings. In line with the criteria set out for re-constituting classes, they will draw up a list of pupils for all classes, whether single-grade or composite. A composite class may later be reconstituted to a single-grade class if numbers so dictate. Class lists are finalised in June and the pupils teachers and parents will be informed of their new class and teacher before the start of the school holidays.

In cases where a composite class is being introduced to a group for the first time, a general information meeting will be held before the end of the school year , which will be addressed by the principal. The focus of the meeting will be on the operation of the composite class.

Sound Educational Principles for  Reconstituting Classes

Attention is given to class groupings in order to secure the best possible learning environment for pupils. A key focus is the provision of-

  • New opportunities and new challenges.

  • Opportunity to develop a new dynamic within a new group.

  • Continued additional support for pupils, through differentiated teaching approaches and in-class support for Literacy and Maths.

  • Collaborative teacher planning, ensuring all class groups at a particular level have the same opportunities and the same content and skills development.

  • Pupils will start with some if not many familiar faces/ friends in their class and build and form new friendships.

    Implementation & Review

    This policy will be implemented immediately, and will be reviewed after a two-year period. A review will take place during the school year 2018/19.

    Signed: Mary White


    Chairperson BoM


    Appendix 1- 

    Reconstitution of Classes.- The process of mixing classes up and re-building them in accordance with specific criteria.


    Composite class: A class made up of more than one class grade. For example 3rd / 4th.


    Pupil- Teacher Ratio: The number of teachers allocated to the school based on enrolled pupils.