UK schools out of top 20 in all subjects

The UK failed to make the top 20 in any of the three subjects in international tests taken by 15-year-olds.

In 2009, the UK placed 16th in science, but this year only made it to number 21. However, the pupils' performance in maths and reading has improved.

  • In 2009, the UK placed 25th for reading, today this rose to 23rd
  • In 2009, the UK placed 16th in science, today this fell to 21st
  • In 2009, the UK placed 28th in maths, today this rose to 26th

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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.