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United Kingdom - Education at a Glance: Key findings for the UK

Alongside its main 'Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators' publication, the OECD has issued country-specific notes. Key points from the country note for the UK include:

  • Public expenditure on education as a percentage of total public expenditure increased by about ten per cent between 2008 and 2011, the fourth largest increase among OECD countries.
  • An individual without upper secondary education earns 70 per cent of what someone with upper secondary education does – one of the largest differences in earnings between these two levels of education.
  • The UK has high student—teacher ratios in primary and secondary education: 21:1 in primary education (compared with the OECD average of 15:1), and 16:1 in secondary education (compared with the OECD average of 13:1).

Education at a Glance 2014. Country Note (UK)

Also see the comparative report

This article is drawn from a forthcoming edition of Education in the News

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Last updated 19 September 2014

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