School leaders’ union NAHT said it welcomed news that a global education index has ranked the UK highly.
The Learning Curve 2014 report, published today (08 May 2014) by Pearson, features a global index of cognitive skills and attainment. Pearson describes its aim as an attempt to explore, '…factors behind global performance shifts’.
It finds that South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong achieve the highest rankings because teachers, students and parents all take responsibility for education and these societies value teachers and schools highly.
Commenting on the findings, Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT, said: “Given the criticism of schools by many of our politicians you could be forgiven for thinking that our education system compares unfavourably with others. Yet when alternative research becomes available, it shows a different picture.
“There is never room to be complacent and school leaders are ambitious for their pupils to reach the highest possible standards in all aspects of a well-rounded education. However, despite a challenging climate of squeezed budgets and sometimes hostile sound bites, the UK’s schools are working hard for pupils, with a respectable showing.
“We also welcome confirmation of the importance of parents and schools working together as a winning formula, especially when combined with respect for the teaching profession.”
Page Published: 08/05/2014