This month, we've seen the UK falling again in the global Pisa rankings for both Maths and English. So just how should parents follow UK OFSTED guidance and increase "parental engagement" with their school and with other parents?
The triennial PISA results have become one of the great set-piece education events. Pored over by policy-makers, Governments
We face a huge literacy challenge in England which is preventing many of our children and young people from being able to thrive and lead successful lives. Gender, socio-economic background and where children live are all at the heart of our literacy challenge. Boys in England are nearly twice as likely as girls to fall behind in early language and communication; and children at all ages from the lowest income groups are likely to be less literate than their counterparts from higher income groups.
We still just have time to mute the effects of Gove's 'accelerated curriculum' if we act quickly. If we do not, the PISA results of the 2020s will no doubt make even more painful reading for all involved in education in England.
Parents, we need your help, to get the UK's children wanting to learn maths and striving to be good at it. There are some people out there that are already doing this. The problem is...
The latest OECD PISA results tell us that the smartest children in the world belong to Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong
If educationists are to seriously challenge the credibility of Pisa it might be productive to make common cause with employers who are alive to the business case for embracing the whole employee.
When comparing UK students to students in Asian countries such as China and Singapore, we can see these leading countries place huge importance on the value of education, which is just not replicated to the same degree in the UK.
Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews hit back at claims his reaction to international criticism over Wales' school standards