With reference to the latest data, the chapter provided a review on the educational attainment of children in the UK between 2005/06 and 2014/15. It covered pupil attainments in Key Stage 2 (age 11), 4 (age 15-16) and 5 (age 17-18) and examined how attainment varies by age, sex, ethnicity and free school meal eligibility. By referring to the latest PISA survey for evidence, it looked at how UK’s school leavers compared internationally regarding their ‘readiness’ to participate in the 21st century society. In addition to attainment, children’s views about their well-being at school are also considered by drawing on the findings from the PISA survey, the HBSC and the Good Childhood Report. Furthermore, data on truancy, school exclusion, special educational needs and young people not in education, employment or training are also discussed. Finally, some latest findings on educational inequality and social mobility are also reviewed.
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