Detailed official information about 80 of the world's education systems is available at its website in Switzerland.
Each country's entry can be read as a whole, but a search facility enables quick comparisons between countries on such questions as average primary school class size in countries within particular regions.
The UK does not supply a figure, but Austria claims 30, France 24.8 and Germany 22.5. A free CD of the World Data on Education (Second Edition) is advertised, with a sizeable list of countries about to be added to the on-line version. The International Bureau site starts at: www.ibe.unesco.org Impatient users can go directly to the World Data on Education pages at: www.software-engineering. chInfobasesIBEWDE96 Resource-hungry teachers will find the tables of figures, maps and flags quite enticing. Some familiarity with French and Spanish might be called for.