England’s secondary pupils have “significantly declined” in international tests in science – but primary maths scores have improved.
In secondary school science, England slipped from 8th to 14th – its lowest ranking in 25 years of the “TIMSS” tests, taken in 64 countries.
Northern Ireland was ahead of England at primary maths in sixth place.
Top places in maths and science have been won again by Singapore and East Asian countries including South Korea.
The overall results show a strong link between safe, well-behaved classrooms and high achievement, say the organisers of the international tests.