Commenting on Pisa results for Wales, published today, David Evans, Wales secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“Pisa offers some bench marking against other countries but it is only one measure of performance and we would do well to avoid any suggestion that a Pisa ranking is the ‘be all and end all’ of a countries educational performance. It is not!

“This years’ results clearly show that Wales has improved in all 3 areas tested and we know that the Welsh Government has set a target for the next round of tests that will place our results above the OECD average if achieved. We are confident that our members professionalism and desire to provide the best education service will bring improvements in every performance measure but are conscious that we need to ensure that our priorities for youngsters in our schools is the correct one.

“Providing the necessary resources and tools to embed the new curriculum in Wales has to be a primary focus which will reap its own rewards. That and striving to secure pupil happiness and wellbeing should be the emphasis for the Welsh Government going forward.”

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