HC Deb 09 May 2000 vol 349 cc352-3W
Mr. Hilary Benn

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment he has made of the recent research by David Jesson of the Centre for Performance Evaluation and Resource Management at the University of York; and if he will make a statement. [119922]

Jacqui Smith

An analysis by the Department's Analytical Services has shown that, broadly speaking on average points scores, the most able 25 per cent. of pupils achieved the same result in selective and non-selective schools.

David Jesson's research is a further contribution to this debate.