OECD case for investment in education

11 Sep 2009

This week's OECD 'Education at a Glance, 2009' is a  timely - and convincing -  reminder of the dangers of cutting education spending in the months ahead.

 It shows that despite a good record on increasing education spending since from 2000 to 2007, the UK is still falling behind other countries which are investing in their systems at a faster rate.

We are making progress on most educational outputs - with the shameful exception of participation rates amongst 15-19 year-olds where we are making no progress - but others are moving ahead more quickly. 

It should be compulsory reading for all Treasury and Shadow Treasury ministers.

I have written more for this week's Saturday column on the BBC News website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/default.stm 

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