Is Education in England going Backwards?

A major new study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has produced some worrying results for the UK’s economic future. People aged 16-24 England scored 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 economically developed countries. An even more unsettling fact is that England is the only country in the study where results are not advancing – grandchildren have the same literacy and numeracy skills as their grandparents, regardless of their official qualification haul.

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These are generalised figures for the sample taken, and in reality, those from poorer socio-economic backgrounds may be even further behind. 36% of pupils on Free School Meals do not achieve good English and maths GCSEs, the basic skills required for them to engage in further studies and a successful career. The Bridge Builders Mentoring Schemeprovides a platform for boys from poor socio-economic background to buck the trend and re-focus their attention on achieving their full potential, by providing mentors who have done just that.

Helen Robinson