• Wild disparity between PISA tests taken on paper and PC

    Pupils taking international aptitude tests have scored much worse since organisers switched from paper exams to a computer-based system – and the new method makes comparisons highly unreliable, according to new research. The latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) used computers for the first time in 2015, making it much harder to compare results

    5.00 Jan. 27th, 2018 | News

  • New GCSEs dogged by 'long tail of underachievement'

    England’s efforts to boost its standing in global education rankings by overhauling the way it grades maths and English GCSEs will be dogged by the “long tail of underachievement”, according to a new report. On the eve of the results of the new 9 – 1 GCSE grades, the Education Policy Institute has sounded a note of caution, in

    0.01 Aug. 23rd, 2017 | News

  • PISA tests for 5-year-olds - organiser defends pilot amid pupil pressure fears

    Organisers of the new computer-based PISA tests the UK is to pilot for five-year-olds have hotly denied claims they will heap pressure on pupils and burden schools. Around 20 English schools and nurseries will take part in a field trial of the OECD’s international early learning and child wellbeing study, which is to be run

    5.00 Jul. 14th, 2017 | News

  • PISA wellbeing tables 2017: UK pupils among unhappiest in the world

    Pupils in UK schools are among the unhappiest in the world, a major new study that has compared countries on their pupils’ wellbeing has revealed. The Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published the findings of its first wellbeing study involving 540,000 15-year-olds across 72 countries. It found around one in six pupils

    10.40 Apr. 19th, 2017 | News

  • Government considers PISA tests for 5 year olds

    The government is considering taking part in a pilot of tablet-based tests for some of the youngest children in England’s primary schools. Department for Education officials are understood to have expressed an interest in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) international early learning and child well-being study (IELS) next year. A final decision

    12.00 Feb. 9th, 2017 | News

  • SSAT 2016: Teaching to the test is stopping PISA progress, says Debra Kidd

    Debra Kidd says pupils are primed for national exams, which is why they struggle in tests such as PISA. An “atomised” curriculum that does not allow for transferable knowledge explains the country’s poor performance in international education league tables, said Dr Debra Kidd (pictured), an author and former teacher. She told delegates that English pupils

    5.00 Dec. 12th, 2016 | News

  • PISA 2015: Achievement gap between top and bottom pupils equivalent to 8 years' schooling

    The gap in achievement between 15-year-old pupils in England in key subjects is one of the largest and most unequal among developed countries, a release of international test data showed. But a government report on the results of the tests taken last year by over 5,000 pupils across the country, plays down the importance of

    10.00 Dec. 6th, 2016 | News

  • PISA 2015: No improvement for a decade ... and 10 other oddities

    English pupils have not improved their PISA scores for almost the last decade, according to an international data set released today. Though they have managed not to fall in performance, as seen in other high-performing countries. English pupils about to take their GCSEs are strongest in science, just above average for reading (with girls outstripping

    10.00 Dec. 6th, 2016 | News

  • What is the East Asian 'secret' to educational success?

    What is the East Asian “secret” to educational success? Tiger parents? Confucian beliefs? Dr John Jerrim’s study on Australian-born pupils of East Asian heritage suggests that there is no straightforward magic formula. In fact, pupils from an “average” school system such as Australia (or the UK) can do just as well as young people in

    19.00 Oct. 26th, 2014 | Reviews