Publications & Documents

  • 10-February-2016

    English, PDF, 304kb

    Low Performing Students: United Kingdom

    In 2012, 22% of students in the United Kingdom were low performers in mathematics (OECD average: 23%), 17% were low performers in reading (OECD average: 18%), 15% were low performers in science (OECD average: 18%), and 11% were low performers in all three of these subjects (OECD average: 12%).

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  • 4-February-2016


    United Kingdom - Financing Democracy: Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns and the Risk of Policy Capture

    This case study presents the UK legislation, the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act, which controls the funding of political parties and campaigns. It also presents some key election statistics collected by the UK Electoral Commission.

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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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  • 14-January-2016

    English, PDF, 199kb

    Co-operative Research Programme Brochure for 2016-2020

    Agricultural research fellowship award grants and international conferences sponsorships of the Co-operative Research Programme (CRP): Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems; advice for applicants for funding.

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  • 11-January-2016


    United Kingdom: Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OECD

    Biographical note of the United Kingdom's Permanent Representative to the OECD

  • 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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  • 3-December-2015

    English, PDF, 106kb

    Revenue Statistics: Key findings for the United Kingdom

    The tax burden in the United Kingdom declined by 0.3 percentage points from 32.9% to 32.6% in 2014. The corresponding figures for the OECD average were an increase of 0.2 percentage points from 34.2% to 34.4%.

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  • 1-December-2015

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    Pensions at a Glance 2015: Highlights for the United Kingdom

    This 4-page online document presents the key findings from OECD Pensions at a Glance 2015 and why it is important for the United Kingdom. It also identifies two key pension policy measures which would help improve the performance of pension systems in the United Kingdom

  • 24-November-2015


    Education at a Glance 2015: United Kingdom

    The 2015 edition introduces more detailed analysis of participation in early childhood and tertiary levels of education. The report also examines first generation tertiary-educated adults’ educational and social mobility, labour market outcomes for recent graduates, and participation in employer-sponsored formal and/or non-formal education.

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  • 4-November-2015

    English, PDF, 375kb

    Health at a Glance 2015: Key findings for the United Kingdom

    While access to care is good, the quality of care in the United Kingdom is uneven and continues to lag behind that in many other OECD countries. Health spending per person in the United Kingdom remains around the level of 2009 when adjusted for inflation, and is slightly below the OECD average on a per capita basis and as a share of GDP.

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