“The OECD’s Education at a Glance 2018 report, which compares the education systems of countries and economies across the OECD, should act as a wake-up call for the Government.

“It shows that in the UK, teachers have to work more days on average, their comparative pay is declining and their starting pay (in secondary schools at least) is below the average.  We have the youngest and least experienced teaching workforce, mainly because the proportion of older teachers over 50 has fallen the most.

“At the same time, children in the UK start school earlier; have shorter school holidays throughout their schooldays; are taught in larger classes; and then face among the highest university tuition fees in Europe. 

“As report cards go, this is not good news for the UK Government which must try much harder if it is to ensure our education system keeps up with those of the best in the world.”