The best secondary schools boost children's progress by one and a half years

13th August 2004 at 01:00
* The best secondary schools boost children's progress by one and a half years, regardless of pupils' social backgrounds, according to government research.

It also showed that while more than two-thirds of 14-year-olds reached Level 5, the Government's required standard, in either English, maths or science, barely more than 50 per cent did so in all three subjects.

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