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upping the ante on UK’s schools system

9 December 2010

The Programme for International Student Assessment’s (PISA) recent study of schools systems around the world shows that the UK has fallen dramatically down the rankings in Reading, Maths and Science since 2000.

In response to the survey Mr Gove said that it showed the need for urgent reform of the schools’ system stating that other countries’ “successful systems all share certain common features”. The common features he cited included granting greater autonomy to the front line, making schools more accountable to their communities, harnessing detailed performance data and encouraging professional collaboration.

These “common features” are being implemented in the UK by way of the Academies programme and upon action of the wide-ranging proposals set out in the Schools White Paper. But education commentators have warned that applying what works in other countries is too crude. A higher ranking may require more than copycat reform.

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