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.
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.
More top news
A third of the Great Wall of China has crumbled away and more is at risk due to reckless human behaviour and adverse natural conditions.
Kauto Star, who won the King George VI Chase a record five times, has been put down, the Racing Post reports.
BBC will no longer be 'the home of the Olympics' after the IOC is swayed by a massive bid.