United Kingdom. 2009 Intel ISEF Educator Academy. Introductions. Educational Environment. In total, there were 560.000 teachers employed in the public sector (2001 census), with 9.849.100 pupils, i.e. ratio of 1:18 roughly.
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2009 Intel ISEF Educator Academy
In total, there were 560.000 teachers employed in the public sector (2001 census), with 9.849.100 pupils, i.e. ratio of 1:18 roughly.
Compulsory school age is 5-16 in England & Wales, 4-16 in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Compulsory school is organised in a two tier system. In England, a three tier system (first, middle and secondary schools) still exists side by side, although it is being phased out.
Over 90% of pupils in England, Scotland and Wales attend non selective secondary schools; in Northern Ireland, secondary schooling is selective.
Approx. 1.8 million students are currently enrolled in the UK higher education system; about 1/3 of pupils go on to higher education at age 18 (in Scotland: 50%). There is an increasing number of mature students in either full-time or part-time university degrees. Higher education is a current policy priority for the government, with a target set to attract 50% of 18- to 30-year-olds by 2010.
The three biggest obstacles faced in the UK: