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PISA results: UK climbs the international school rankings

The UK has made positive progress in international school rankings, with the 2018 PISA results reflecting "modest improvements" in reading, maths and science.(BBC News)

How did the UK perform?

Andreas Schleicher, the OECD's education director, said there were "positive signals" from the UK's results for the tests taken in 2018 - which he said showed "modest improvements".

  • In reading, the UK is 14th, up from 22nd in the previous tests three years ago
  • In science, the UK is 14th, up from 15th
  • In maths, the UK is 18th up from 27th

The UK's maths results represent a particular improvement on three years ago, according to an analysis by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-50563833

Pupils 'learn better wearing cosy socks and slippers'

Year 4 pupils are being allowed to wear slippers and cosy socks in class, swapping their usual chairs for cushions on the floor in front of a roaring fire.

It is all part of Scandinavian-style “Hygge” lessons at Belmont Grosvenor independent prep school, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, where Year 4 pupils are being encouraged to feel cosy and comfortable in order to promote learning.

Read more: https://www.tes.com/news/pupils-learn-better-wearing-cosy-socks-and-slippers