London schools falling behind global competition
How do the schools in our capital compare to those in other global cities? A study into the results of international tests, known as Pisa tests, found that London’s schools were falling behind many Asian cities as well as the rest of the UK. The study compared the results in reading, maths and science of 15 year olds in London to pupils of the same age in cities around the world, including in the UK.
Can London really be so far behind? Well, the report found that London’s schools fell behind Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai as well as European countries such as Poland and Finland in maths. London was also ranked below Madrid in Spain and Riga in Latvia for reading and for science it fell behind Moscow in Russia and Quebec in Canada.
Pupils in London were also found to be below the national average in the UK, with disadvantaged children or those from ethnic minority backgrounds performing less well. Despite these findings, which are based on pupils’ performances in Pisa tests, London’s GCSE results are still a “cause for celebration” according to the report’s author, John Jerrim.