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UK education sixth in the world

A global league table published by education firm Pearson has ranked the UK educational system as the sixth in the world behind Finland, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

International test results and information such as graduation rates from 2006-2010 were used to determine the rankings.

The report has suggested that a “culture” of education in top ranking countries such as Finland and South Korea sets them apart from other nations. Spending on education is stated as important in the findings but not as important as a culture that supports and encourages learning.

I was impressed and perhaps a little bit surprised when I read that the UK was sixth in the world, especially following all of the educational problems that have been happening in recent months such as the problems with GCSE results and issues with schools becoming academies – then I looked at the dates that the rankings were based on and realised that the data was from 2006-2010.

I know that with changes in educational systems, as with most things, we must wait to see the results that they yield but it seems like a shame that drastic reforms have been taken when we seemed to be doing quite well. It irritates me that instead of reforming the current system the Government keeps looking for a way to start from scratch – instead of making changes to GCSEs there are now proposals for an English Baccalaureate Certificate that will be implemented in 2017.

Education is vital and life-changing and should not be played around with. It is essential that any reforms to our education system are for the good of our nation’s children rather than haphazard solutions that may not bring any improvements. The results of this report could perhaps encourage the idea of creating more of a culture of education and investing in schools rather than changing the names of failing schools to academies and hoping for the best.

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5 Responses to UK education sixth in the world

  1. Amedar says:

    Regards for helping out, excellent information.

  2. Ilene says:

    Schools are evaluated annually by external monitoring groups established by the provincial education offices. They complete school inspections based on a Ministry of Education evaluation plan, which sets directions and standards. School evaluations review teaching and learning practices, curriculum and student needs.The Ministry of Education has recently added school-based performance awards in which top-performing schools receive bonuses. School reviews are not used punitively; rather, struggling schools are given administrative advice about how to improve. The results of school evaluations are reported publicly.

  3. Taylor Raymond says:

    The education system was able to respond to the workforce needs created by the events of the early 90s because of a series of extensive reforms that had begun in 1972, which had changed the face of teaching and learning in Finland. These began with creation of a unified comprehensive education structure and national curriculum guidelines. Accompanying the restructuring of schools was a restructuring of teacher education, with responsibility for teacher training moving to Finland’s universities, where Finland’s other most valued professional had long been trained. Other measures were also aimed at improving the quality of the Finnish teaching force. Over time, mathematics, science and technology all took on greater importance in Finnish curricula, as did higher-order thinking skills like problem-solving, teamwork, creativity and interdisciplinary studies. These reforms and others, described in more detail in other sections on Finland on this site, made Finland’s economic survival in the 1990s possible.

  4. Rieker says:

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  5. Xavier Valido says:

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Very well written!