www.bbc.com/news/business-27314075 Funnily enough this good news story didn't get reported very widely. When you consider all the widespread reporting of the Pisa tests as indicative of the terrible state of UK education (even though the schools were actually at the mid-point of the tables), you have to wonder if people prefer to criticise than praise.
Yes that is true; also Timss and Piris are more closely aligned with the cultural norms of the UK. I gather that the next Pisa will include problem solving which again will be more in tune with the strengths of the UK education system. Interestingly there is a lot of comment around about how some countries are teaching to the Pisa test, which rather seems to defeat the object.
Also, I wouldn't particularly see it as the role of unions to comment. I think it would be nice to see some comment from the DfE, the Secretary of State, the Schools' Minister and the rest of the press, who are so quick to report anything negative.