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OECD says our “talent pool is shrinking”

This week’s report on skills from the OECD made the news here in a fairly big way. The report highlights that England has a real problem – instead of our kids being more capable than their elders as in many successful countries of the OECD our youngsters are going backwards. They say:

Older people in England are among top performers in reading while younger adults are near the bottom.

This work is based on testing 166,000 people. It shows that while Labour told us that it was fixing education it is clear that it failed. We must all hope that Michael Gove does rather better. The UK’s education system has been failing and needs to change if we are to win the global race.