Building Better Skills for All: A Review of England
This newly published OECD report shows that young people aged 16-34 in England have significantly lower literacy and numeracy skills at every level compared to many other countries, and an estimated 9 million adults aged 16-65 have low literacy or numeracy skills or both.
England is around average for literacy in comparison to other OECD countries in the survey, and well below average for numeracy. Young people are falling behind their counterparts in other countries, and perform no better than adults approaching retirement age. One of the key recommendations of the OECD report is that ‘priority should be given to early intervention to ensure that all young people have stronger basic skills’.