The government is committed to ensuring that the new national curriculum compares favourably with the curricula in the highest performing jurisdictions, and sets rigorous requirements for pupil attainment which measure up to the highest standards set internationally.
This report forms part of a suite of evidence documents gathered as part of the national curriculum review, including the expert panel report and summary report of responses to the call for evidence. Further analysis is underway to examine the education systems and cultural contexts of high-performing jurisdictions, in order to assess what other factors need to be taken into account when comparing the relative achievement of pupils from different jurisdictions.
This is the second published version of this report. Published in February 2012.