Reasons why smaller class sizes are important

By Thy An   August 14, 2023 | 06:00 pm PT
The International School ParkCity Hanoi (ISPH) prioritizes small class sizes and quality education while ensuring student progress and consistently delivering excellence with a low student-teacher ratio.

In a small class, every student receives individual attention from the teacher. This enables the teacher to identify and address any learning difficulties as soon as they arise.

Moreover, teachers will have more time to truly know each student, understand their strengths and weaknesses, and adapt their teaching methods accordingly. This fosters a motivating environment where personalized instruction empowers students to perform at their best.


The teacher will have more time to get to know each student if there are fewer people in class. Photo courtesy of ISPH

Paul Antcliffe, Head of Primary at ISPH, said that smaller class sizes can help improve teaching quality.

The teachers have the opportunity to truly get to know their students on a personal level. This deeper understanding allows teachers to identify the unique strengths, challenges, and learning styles of each student.

Armed with this knowledge, teachers can tailor their instruction, support, and feedback to meet the specific needs of every learner.

"In our E.A.L. classes, teachers provide personalized approaches to each of the students based on their level of English proficiency, and therefore students can improve their English skills very quickly after just a few months studying at ISPH," he said.

In larger classes, managing student behavior can be an additional challenge, even for the most experienced teachers. The time spent managing behavior can affect the time spent on actual instruction.

However, in smaller classes, these issues are reduced, allowing teachers to dedicate more time to teaching and maximizing learning opportunities.

Students can freely interact with the teacher, asking questions or asking for help. Photo courtesy of ISPH

Students can freely interact with the teacher, asking questions or asking for help. Photo courtesy of ISPH

In smaller classes, students feel more comfortable expressing their thoughts and opinions.

They are more inclined to actively participate, ask questions, and engage in discussions. This promotes a vibrant exchange of ideas, encourages critical thinking, and cultivates a classroom culture that values diversity and individuality.

Quang Ngo, an 11-year-old student at ISPH, thinks small class sizes enable him to be more confident.

"I feel more comfortable stepping forward and actively participating in classroom discussions. My voice is always heard, and my confidence level has increased significantly since I joined ISPH. Now I believe more in myself and am ready to take on more challenges."


In small classes, the teacher may respond to each student's question without having to slow down the lesson. Photo courtesy of ISPH

In a large class, students often prefer to interact with familiar peers.

However, in a small class, students have the opportunity to develop meaningful connections with all their classmates. This fosters a sense of community, encourages collaboration, and creates a supportive environment where students are more inclined to help and engage with one another.

Furthermore, small class sizes allow teachers to foster strong relationships with their students.

In smaller classes, teachers have the opportunity to develop a deeper connection with each student, creating an environment of trust, respect, and mutual understanding.

This rapport enables teachers to better support their students' emotional and social well-being by providing a safe space for students to express themselves and seek guidance.

The close teacher-student relationships cultivated in small class sizes at ISPH not only enhance the learning experience but also contribute to the overall growth and development of students.

The International School ParkCity Hanoi (ISPH) is located in the township of ParkCity Hanoi, offering extensive programs of study based on The U.K. curriculum combined with international programs for both local and expatriate students aged 3 to 18 years. Parents can find out more about ISPH by registering for a visit here.

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