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OECD chief: England isn’t making the most of academies

England’s academies are failing to capitalise on the “best ideas”, says the OECD’s head of education, calling for more...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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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...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
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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...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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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...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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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...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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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...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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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....

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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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...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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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...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg