PISA - Programme for International Student Assessment (2014)

The UK’s 15-year-olds rank as average compared to other countries and have not improved in performance over the past three years.

The UK is ranked 26th for maths among 65 countries and regions – despite the fact that it has a higher GDP than the OECD average, spends more on education and sends more young people to university. Shanghai, Singapore and other Pacific Rim countries are the top performers, improving on their already strong showing three years ago.

European countries which outperform the UK include the Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Poland and Germany.