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Government Expenditure

Volume 78: debated on Thursday 2 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish in the Official Report the equivalent tables for Wales of Table 3:10:2 and Table 3:10:3 in the Government's expenditure White paper (Cmnd. 9428).

Information for Wales, directly comparable with that presented for England in table 3:10:2 of The Government's Expenditure Plans 1985–86 to 1987–88, is not readily available. The following estimates, however, may be compared.

Examination attainments of school leavers, 1982–83
GCE 'A' Levels
Percentage of school leavers achieving:
1 or more passes16·517·1
3 or more passes8·69·6
GCE 'O' Level and CSE
Percentage of school leavers achieving:
1 or more graded passes*82·190·4
5 or more higher grades†26·926·2
* 'O' level grades A to E or CSE grades 1 to 5.
† 'O' level grades A to C or CSE grade 1.
Figures for Wales comparable with table 3:10:3 in The Government's Expenditure plans 1985–86 to 1987–88, are as follows:

Maintained schools: pupil and teacher numbers (Wales)

(thousands except as indicated)












Total school population (including special schools)545·0532·0519·1507·1499·0489·5480·5473·7466·3
Pupil numbers:
Under fives44·643·743·545·949·449·548·448·448·8
All other primary254·9243·9233·8221·0213·7210·2210·3211·4213·6
Secondary, under school leaving age220·4218·0213·8212·6209·3203·9196·0188·7178·6
Secondary, over school leaving age20·421·623·423·022·221·621·621·121·3
Total (excluding special schools)540·3527·3514·5502·5494·6485·2476·3469·6462·3
School participation rates (per cent.):
Under fives67·167·466·766·968·469·068·868·668·9
Secondary, over school leaving age22·423·024·624·524·324·224·424·124·6
Teachers (numbers employed, full-time equivalents)29·529·028·227·928·127·526·826·125·4
Pupil-teacher ratios overall18·118·018·017·717·317·417·417·617·7
Special schools:


1. Pupils numbers are as at January in the relevant academic year.

2. The under fives and special school pupil numbers include those attending part-time. Such children are counted as only 0·5 for the purpose of calculating pupil-teacher ratios.

3. Participation rates for under fives express the number of children under five in nursery and primary schools, part-time or full-time, as a percentage of three and four year olds in the population.

4. The over school leaving age participation rate expresses the number of secondary pupils over school leaving age as a percentage of the 16 and 17 year old population.

5. The numbers of teachers given include all teaching staff, whether in school or not (e.g. because they are on courses of in-service training) and count part-time employees according to their full-time equivalence. Pupil teacher ratios derived from this total, as shown in the table, are not a measure of pupil-teacher ratios in schools.