Commenting on the publication of the PISA 2018 results, founder and Chairman of the Sutton Trust, Sir Peter Lampl, said:

“It is good to see improvements in the UK’s maths, reading and science ranking.  It is encouraging that we’re beating the OECD average when it comes to the gap between rich and poor students. But overall, the middling result for the UK is a cause for concern.

“To alleviate this situation we need to do more to narrow the gap between rich and poor students, particularly for the highest performing ones. We need more focus on improving the quality of existing teachers through better professional development as well as improvement in school leadership.”