International Comparisons

International studies including comparative studies of educational outcomes.

DfE - Findings from PIRLS 2016, assessing and comparing the reading attainment and attitudes of year 5 children. TES - How Pirls ranks 10-year-olds around the world in reading. BBC News Education - Northern Ireland and England schools in global top 10 for reading. DfE -Nick...

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BBC News Education - Pass marks for GCSEs in England need to be pushed upwards to catch up with high performing education systems in Asia, say researchers from the Education Policy Institute. The Guardian - GCSE standard pass not enough to match top...

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BBC News Education - Wales is in danger of missing out economically unless it improves its performance in global education tests, a former government advisor has said....

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BBC News Education - The UK is still lagging behind leading countries at education and has made little progress in international rankings since results three years ago. TES - Pisa: UK and England see performance drop in maths and reading, but climb rankings...

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TES - International tables show how England compares to other countries across many areas of education, including bullying, pupil confidence and how much they like their teachers. TES - TIMSS: Bad news for Finland but Russia and Kazakhstan soar. TES - TIMSS: At-a-glance tables reveal...

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TES News - UK schools are among the worst in the developed world for “teaching to the test”, a new analysis of the effect of income inequality on education suggests. Danny Dorling - UK among world’s worst for teaching to the test....

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BBC News Education - Migrants 'do not lower school results'. OECD - Can schools help to integrate immigrants?...

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TES News - A large number of migrant children in a school can lead to worse exam results in many countries, but not in England, according to research. IZA World of Labour - Immigrants in the classroom and effects on native children....

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Belfast Telegraph - A new education report has revealed ongoing underachievement by working-class Protestant children, and wider poor performances by males. Equality Commission for Northern Ireland - Making a difference for our children: key inequalities in education....

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TES News - The Scottish government’s decision to withdraw from a major international maths and science survey may have been a serious error that paved the way for ineffectual teaching techniques to become commonplace, research has found....

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TES News - Key government policies aimed at helping poorer pupils catch up with their wealthier classmates will not solve the problem, the author of bestselling book The Spirit Level has said in a report out today....

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BBC NewsEducation - Some 5% of seven-year-olds receive extra tuition, with some ethnic groups more likely to hire tutors than others....

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BBC News Education - Investing heavily in school computers and classroom technology does not improve pupils' performance, says a global study from the OECD. BBC News Business - School technology struggles to make an impact by Andreas Schleicher OECD Education Director. OECD - Students, Computers and...

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BBC News Education - Girls in French secondary schools are benefiting from a marking bias by maths teachers, finds research.  The girls were given 6% higher marks than boys for similar work, says the study by the London School of Economics...

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BBC News Education - Teachers are more lenient in their marking of girls' schoolwork, according to an international study. OECD - Early gender gaps drive career choices and employment opportunities....

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The Scotsman - Scotland is in danger of 
creating a postcode lottery when it comes to education, with a wide gulf between the highest and lowest-achieving students in schools.  A “considerable gap” has also formed between the achievements of school...

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Guardian Education - Leading academics from 12 countries including UK call for next round of OECD Pisa tests on 15-year-olds to be scrapped....

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BBC News Education - One of the Welsh government's flagship education policies still "varies considerably" between schools three years after it was introduced....

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Ofsted - Early Years Annual Report 2012/13....

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BBC News Education - England's teenagers are "significantly above average" in problem-solving skills, according to the results of international tests.  After many disappointments in international school tests, these latest global rankings from the OECD put England in 11th place. The Telegraph...

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BBC News Education - A review of the school curriculum and assessment in Wales has been announced by the education minister....

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BBC News Education - The most successful education systems combine local autonomy for schools with strong public accountability, the OECD's education expert has told MPs.  Mr Schleicher said the global evidence suggested local flexibility for schools was linked to higher...

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BBC NEws Education - Britain's schools must be "more than just exam factories", a cross-party parliamentary group says....

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BBC News Education - There is nothing inevitable about the weaker academic performance of poorer pupils, says an analysis of Pisa tests by the OECD's Andreas Schleicher....

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BBC News Education - The maths ability of teenage girls in the UK is on average about three years behind their counterparts in high-performing Shanghai, according to figures from the OECD. TES - Pisa: 'Teachers must do more to make girls...

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