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Books in brief: Cleverlands by Lucy Crehan

How are schools in different countries achieving academic success?

By Patrick Alexander   January 2017

cover-jpg-rendition-460-707Cleverlands by Lucy Crehan (Unbound, £16.99)

The academic progress of the world’s 15-year-olds is tested regularly by PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment). Pupils from Finland, Japan and Shanghai consistently excel. In 2012, the UK finished near the bottom of the top third, despite relative economic strength. In footballing terms, we’re Everton. Good, but room for improvement.

Rankings matter. For David Cameron’s government, our PISA level became a rhetorical tool, and an enabler of Michael Gove’s reform agenda—why can’t the UK be more like Shanghai? More pertinently: how are high PISA scores…

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