by Portal Reporter
The UK has more than twice as many GCSE pupils per teacher as the European average, according to research conducted by Eurostat, comparing UK education to the rest of the continent.
The ratio of pupils to qualified teachers in upper secondary education where the UK fares worst. With the average amongst the EU member states standing at 12.9 pupils aged 14-16 per teacher, the UK has 26.1 - according to Eurostat. The country with the second highest number, The Netherlands sits far more comfortably with 18.0, while pupils in Lithuania should theoretically have the most attention, with just 8.1 per teacher. In a heat map of the continent, created by Oxford Home Schooling to show the findings of each aspect of the research, the position of the UK is stark.
Dr Nick Smith, principal at Oxford Home Schooling, said: “The number of pupils per qualified teacher in a country directly affects schools’ abilities to keep class sizes at manageable levels. The fact that the UK suffers at such a crucial time in children’s education - when they are studying for their GCSEs - is a particular cause for concern.”