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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.

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UK students expected to lag behind in school tables

A major international report is expected to show that UK students are lagging far behind their peers in Asian countries in reading, science and maths.

The report focuses on reading, science and maths. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Global school league tables assessing countries performances in the three areas will be published this morning by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

School systems in South Korea, Japan and Singapore did well in a similar study three years ago, while the UK was an average performer.

Around half a million pupils around the world took the tests, including students from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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