UK lagging behind in education

British schools have failed to improve in recent years and are still lagging behind Asian nations on reading, science and maths, according to a major international study. The UK was 26th out of 65 for maths, 23rd for reading and 21st for science.

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Scotland ahead of the rest of UK in maths and reading

Schools in Scotland came out top in maths and reading in the UK, whilst schools in England led the way in science.

Overall:

  • Scotland scored 498 points
  • England scored 495 points
  • Northern Ireland scored 498 points
  • Wales scored 480 points

Reading:

  • Scotland scored 506 points
  • England scored 500 points
  • Northern Ireland scored 498 points
  • Wales scored 480 points

Science:

  • England scored 516 points
  • Scotland scored 513 points
  • Northern Ireland scored 507 points
  • Wales scored 491points

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