5th December 2023

EPI comments on the launch of the international PISA 2022 results

Commenting following the launch of the international PISA 2022 results by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Natalie Perera, Chief Executive of the Education Policy Institute (EPI), said:

“Today’s PISA results confirm that England, alongside many other OECD nations, has experienced considerable learning loss as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, England does remain above the OECD average in all subjects: maths, reading and science.

“As well as considerable declines in attainment, the reported life satisfaction scores of UK students fell drastically between 2015 and 2022, to the extent that the UK now has the second lowest average life satisfaction of 15 year olds across all OECD countries.

“The government must prioritise education and, in particular, address the urgent teacher recruitment and retention issues that the country is facing. But the challenges for young people span wider than just education. In order to thrive in school and out, children and young people need to have improved access to public health services, safe and secure housing and be without the threat of living in poverty.”