PISA in the UK


How does my school benefit from taking part?

  • The opportunity to tell us about your school and to be a part of a study that directly influences policy making in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • The opportunity for pupils to take part in an important global study.
  • The opportunity to deliver an electronic assessment, supported by NFER.
  • The chance for pupils to practice assessment skills in a study in which no preparation is required.
  • Certificates to celebrate the participation of each pupil and school.
  • You will also receive a report about your school using your pupils' answers to some of the questions in PISA including comparative national information, which schools have told us they find useful for self-evaluation.

NFER will support schools throughout their participation and our aim is to ensure that the burden on schools is as low as possible. For instance, a trained NFER PISA administrator with teaching experience will deliver the study in schools. Our administrators will bring everything to the school and run the session and all marking will be done by NFER.

Over 600 schools across the UK will take part in PISA 2018. The PISA 2018 field trial took place in March 2017 and the main study will take place in October and November 2018.

What is involved for pupils?

Pupils will answer questions assessing reading, maths and science. Pupils will answer questions on their background and on their attitudes and experiences in school. Examples of PISA questions can be found here.

The study will take place at school, during normal school hours. There is no need for any special preparation or studying. All pupils will receive a certificate to thank them for taking part.

The contributions of pupils and teachers are what make PISA a success, and we are very grateful to all the pupils and teachers who take part in PISA – thank you! Pupil and teacher contributions are highly valued and of great importance to the UK governments and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

What have we learned from PISA?

The results from PISA 2015 were released on 6 December 2016. The main focus was on science. The national reports for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can be found here.