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UK ‘must try harder’ – Teach First response to PISA rankings

Education charity Teach First have responded to the OECD’s publication of the PISA international ranking of education systems. Brett Wigdortz, founder and chief executive of Teach First, said: 

“It’s very much a ‘must try harder’ for the UK. We’re doing slightly better than the average, but our score has hardly moved compared to three years ago.
“But a world class education is within our reach. It would be a huge disservice to our young people to settle for average and we need to ensure we keep our focus on the positive progress being made. As we enter a post-Brexit world we’ll be directly competing with top-performing nations; we must challenge any idea that it’s impossible for the UK to be world leaders in education.
“From my own experience visiting hundreds of schools across the country, I know many are already delivering a world class education. But I’ve also seen there are many other schools and communities that are being left behind. Our overall performance masks great disparities within the UK and it’s more important than ever that we invest in areas of greatest need.
“We already do that through things like the pupil premium, and through schemes like Teach First which develops great teachers and places them in schools serving low income communities. But the only way to really push us up the table is a huge collective effort to target areas where educational inequality is a stubborn problem. We hope the Government's opportunity areas agenda is a chance to do just that.”
Brett Wigdortz will be speaking at the global launch event for PISA on Tuesday 6th, organized by the OECD.  


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