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Thursday, May 28, 1998 Published at 22:50 GMT 23:50 UK


England and Wales
We have all had some education. But one thing is certain: things have changed since then.
Pre-school
Nursery education is for children aged two to five and takes place in nursery schools or nursery classes attached to a primary school.
Primary
Primary education in England and Wales begins at age five.
Religious schools
At first, education was largely conducted by the religious establishment.
Secondary education
In 1997 there were 3,798 state secondary schools in England and Wales, catering for 3,209,000 pupils.
Curriculum and testing
A National Curriculum devised by the government is compulsory in all state schools in England and Wales and for virtually every pupil between the ages of five and 16.
Special needs
Children deemed to have special educational needs may be most obviously those with a condition that hinders or prevents them from making use of the facilities provided for pupils of their age.
Funding and management
Local education authorities in England and Wales are responsible for most of the public expenditure on schools.
Inspections
In England, the independent Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) is a non-ministerial government department headed by HM Chief Inspector of Schools, Chris Woodhead.
Independent
Independent schools receive no grants from public funds and are owned and managed under special trusts.
Further education
Further education is provided to people aged 16-plus, up to and including A level and its equivalent.
Higher education
Education above A level: provided in universities and colleges of higher education, as well as some further education colleges.
Postgraduate education
Postgraduate programmes of study are those leading to higher degrees, diplomas and certificates.





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