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NEW FIGURES FOR PUPIL-TEACHER RATIOS & TAUGHT LESSON TIME

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Figures published today by the Department for Education show that, although lesson time is increasing, half of 7 to...
Figures published today by the Department for Education show that, although lesson time is increasing, half of 7 to 11 year olds are not getting the lesson time recommended by the government.

The figures are contained in a statistical bulletin on pupil-teacher ratios and length of the school week.

They show that:

- 94 per cent of schools with pupils up to age 7 provided at least the recommended minimum of 21 hours lesson time, but a quarter of secondary schools offered less than the recommended minimum 24 hours of lessons per week.

- Half of schools with pupils aged 7 to 11 provide less than the recommended minimum of 23.5 hours of lessons per week.

- On average pupils aged 5 to 11 received 23.2 hours lesson time and pupils aged 11 to 16 received 24.3 hours.

- The pupil-teacher ratio rose slightly between 1992 and 1993 from 22.2 to 22.4 in primary schools and 15.8 to 16.1 in secondary schools. The overall PTR rose from 17.4 to 17.7.

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