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CLASS SIZE INCREASES WORST IN INNER-CITY SCHOOLS

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Pupil-teacher ratios have risen most sharply in inner-city schools over the last 15 years, according to a report pu...
Pupil-teacher ratios have risen most sharply in inner-city schools over the last 15 years, according to a report published today by Oxford Brookes University, the Financial Times reports (p6).

The survey ranked the pupil-teacher ratios of 95 English local authorities, charting their change over the period 1978-1994.

Five authorities had increases of more than 20% - Newcastle City Council (26%), North Tyneside MBC (25%), Leeds City Council (21%), Brent LBC (20%) and Newham LBC (20%), while 12 authorities saw increases of more than 20% in their secondary pupil-teacher ratios.

Brent LBC suffered the greatest secondary increase, at 40%, the Financial Times reports.
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