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Must do better: British schools fail to impress in world ranking

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Greg Hurst quoted Sir Peter Lampl in his Times report of this year’s PISA results

Britain’s schools have failed to improve their performance in international tests over the past three years, raising concern that structural reforms are not improving teaching in the classroom.

Results of tests sat by thousands of British teenagers in science, maths and reading showed only marginal changes from assessments by a similar sample three years earlier.


Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust education charity, said: “We still need to do much more to narrow the gap between rich and poor students and we need far more focus on improving the quality of existing teachers within the classroom, through better professional development as well as improvements in school leadership. Such changes are more important than constant structural upheaval that has yet to deliver the promised improvements.”

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