Gibb attacks ‘too political’ Pisa rankings body

Nick Gibb has criticised the organisation behind the influential Pisa international rankings of education for being too political. Tes reports

The schools minister has previously cited Pisa research to support his views on teacher-directed instruction, and used comments from Andreas Schleicher, head of education at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), to back his views about school autonomy.

However, in an interview published in this month’s researchED magazine, Mr Gibb was asked “has the OECD become too political in its pronouncements?”

In response, he said: “I think so. They are pushing a particular, progressive approach to education, the 21st-century competence-based curriculum.”

He added: “When you go to these international conferences with Andreas Schleicher and others, it’s almost assumed that you want to have a competence-based curriculum; and I talk to other education ministers from around the world, including some from the developing world who have been advised by the OECD to go down this route that we know doesn’t work.”

However, the minister cited Nuno Cratto, a former Portuguese education minister, as someone who “absolutely agrees with what we’re doing in this country and shares our concerns”.

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