17th January 2003 at 00:00
* In analysing educational achievement by different groups of pupils, authorities do not consider the impact of the thriving private tuition industry.

Tuition only benefits those who can afford it. So, for example, the performance of ethnic groups is almost in order of their economic status: Indian pupils on the higher end of the attainment league and African-Caribbean pupils on the lower.

Husain Akhtar Independent inspector of schools Wellesley Road Harrow, London

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