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Why are literacy and numeracy rates in this country lagging so far behind nations such as Japan and Finland?

By Annalies Winny  

Michael Gove is being urged to monitor free schools more closely

Well, it’s happening again. Another damming judgment of the English education systems has been delivered, this time by the global policy forum the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. England’s special friend the United States hasn’t done so well either. The takeaway is one we’ve all heard before: when it comes to the three “R”s the kids are not alright.

A recent OECD survey of educational standards in 24 nations ranked England near the bottom (21) and the…

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