Secondary education 1993-97: a review of secondary schools in England;Briefing;Document of the week

19th June 1998 at 01:00
Key findings and statistics from the report: * Pupil-teacher ratios: up from 15.8 to 16.8 * Funding per pupil: down from pound;1,773 to pound;1,680.80 * Average class size: up from 21.5 to 21.9 * Class contact time: up from 74.4 to 77.4 per cent * A-level pass rates: up from 81 to 87 per cent.

* GCSE results: up from 35.6 to 43.1 per cent for five top grades, up from 83.6 to 88.4 per cent for five passes.

* Key stage 3 tests: two in five pupils fail to reach expected standards in English and maths.

* Accommodation: poor in a quarter of schools.

* Information technology: pupils' competence poor in two-fifths of schools.

* Standards: two-fifths of schools are consistently good.

* Leadership and management: good in three-quarters of schools.

* Serious weaknesses: one in ten schools.

* Failing schools: one in 14.

* Failing pupils: one in 14 leaves with no qualifications.

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