HC Deb 28 April 1971 vol 816 cc144-5W
Mr. Marks

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the pupil-teacher ratio in maintained secondary schools, maintained primary schools and recognised independent schools for the years 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72 and the proposed ratio for the next three years.

Mr. van Straubenzee

The figures are as follows:

January 1969 January, 1970
Maintained Primary schools 27.0 27.4
Maintained Secondary schools 17.9 17.8
Independent schools recognised as efficient (a) 12.7 12.8

Figures for 1971 are not yet available but the ratios in maintained schools have improved substantially this year and will continue to improve except in 1973–4 when they should be roughly stationary.

Over half the schools at (a) take boarders.