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Wales' Education Secretary isn't expecting improvement

Kirsty Williams believes children from Wales will still be behind their UK counterparts in the next set of worldwide rankings Credit: Dusko Jaramaz/PIXSELL / Pixsell/PA Images

In an interview with 'The Sunday Times' the Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams, has admitted she expects Welsh children to be behind their UK counterparts, in the upcoming PISA results.

PISA is an international assessment, that compares the abilities of 15 year olds in reading, mathematics and science.

In the last round of results in 2012, Wales scored lower than England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average. At the time, the Welsh Government stressed that reforms were still bedding in, and it would take years to meet the challenges PISA highlighted.

Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams Credit: PA

Now, just four months before the next round of results are due, Kirsty Williams has admitted she does not expect an improvement between the 2012 results, and the ones due in December:

"[The current situation] is clearly unacceptable. Wales has been identified as an education system in need of improvement. But for improvement to embed into the system is going to take longer than one period between international tests.”

– Kirsty Williams AM, Education Secretary