Going backwards: UK literacy and numeracy standards slip down international rankings
Half a million 15-year-olds were tested in 65 countries - and we were 26th in maths and 23rd in reading
Academics were claiming on Tuesday that criticism should be widened to cover incentives given to the best teachers to work in schools in deprived areas. Mr Gove says his plans to allow headteachers to set their own pay scales will help achieve this - but teachers’ leaders argue there may not be enough in the school budget to do this effectively. Also, there is of course nothing to stop heads in the leafy suburbs offering higher pay to woo staff as well.