EDUCATION – CLASS SIZES & STANDARDS – 18 March 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: Does the Minister agree that the best step that could be taken to improve literacy in primary schools would be to publish the results of the tests that children take at seven, as well as the average amount of money that is spent on each child and the average class size in each school? We could then see whether there is a correlation between money spent, class sizes and performance or whether the correlation is between performance and the persistent use of out-dated self-discovery teaching methods in too many schools.