Just before Christmas the most comprehensive survey of global educational achievement ever conducted showed that in the last ten years we have plummeted in the rankings: from 4th to 16th for science, 7th to 25th for literacy and 8th to 28th for maths. In tests of mathematics, Chinese 15-year-olds are now more than two years ahead of 15-year-olds in this country.
At the same time as we are falling behind other nations, the gap between the opportunities enjoyed by rich students and the chances available to poor students is growing.
What makes this growing inequality worse is that richer children, who have access to the highest performing schools, study rigorous subjects and take internationally respected exams while poorer children have been corralled into subjects and exams that are not widely respected. This is not just unfair, it also means we are denying ourselves the chance to harness all the talent we need to compete economically.
The scale of our education challenge is so great that we need urgent reform. On every front.
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