• 28-January-2016


    Why do we bother with qualifications? (OECD Education&Skills Today Blog)

    Qualifications are useful because they make skills visible. It is confidently assumed that the holder of a school-leaving certificate can read and understand instructions, and make calculations, and that those with university degrees can do much more.

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  • 28-January-2016

    English, PDF, 2,371kb

    Building Skills for All - A Review of England

    There are an estimated 9 million working aged adults in England (more than a quarter of adults aged 16-65) with low literacy or numeracy skills or both. This reflects England’s overall performance in the Survey of Adult Skills - around average for literacy, but well below average for numeracy relative to other OECD countries in the Survey (OECD, 2013).

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  • 15-December-2015


    Improving Schools in Scotland: An OECD Perspective

    This report examines the ongoing development of education policy, practice and leadership in Scotland, by providing an independent review of the direction of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and emerging impacts seen in quality and equity in Scottish schooling.

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  • 16-July-2015

    English, PDF, 4,156kb

    Early childhood education and care pedagogy review: England

    This review describes variations in, and evidence for, pedagogical approaches in formal early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings; how pedagogy is monitored; and which policies affect pedagogical practice. Its specific focus is on comparisons of England (United Kingdom) with Japan, France, Germany, Denmark and New Zealand.

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  • 13-November-2014

    English, PDF, 457kb

    A Skills Beyond School Brief on the United Kingdom

    This brief was prepared for the publication of the Skills beyond School Synthesis Report, a review of post-secondary career, vocational and professional training covering 20 countries, including the United Kingdom.

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  • 9-September-2014

    English, PDF, 1,107kb

    Education at a Glance 2014: United Kingdom

    More people in the United Kingdom pursue a university-level education than end their education at upper secondary school.

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  • 10-April-2014

    English, PDF, 3,656kb

    Improving Schools in Wales: An OECD Perspective

    The report Improving Schools in Wales: An OECD Perspective proposes a comprehensive strategy for Wales to support equity and quality in its school system building on a comparative perspective. It draws upon lessons from PISA, high performers and successful reformers in education, and on the research and analysis of key aspects of education policy in Wales undertaken by the OECD-Wales Review Team.

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  • 1-April-2014

    English, PDF, 389kb

    PISA 2012 problem-solving results - England

    Note summarising England's results in the PISA 2012 problem solving assessment.

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  • 7-January-2014

    English, PDF, 4,244kb

    Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

    The review explores how systems of evaluation and assessment can be used to improve the quality, equity and efficiency of school education.It looks at pupil assessment, teacher appraisal, school leader appraisal, school evaluation and system evaluation, and how these help to improve pupils’ learning.

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  • 3-December-2013

    English, PDF, 395kb

    PISA 2012 mathematics, reading and science results - United Kingdom

    Note summarising the performance of the United Kingdom in the PISA 2012 assessment of mathematics, reading and science.

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