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Education at a Glance 2013

OECD Indicators

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Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators is the authoritative source for accurate and relevant information on the state of education around the world. It provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems in more than 40 countries, including OECD members and G20 partners.



Featuring more than 100 charts, 200 tables, and over 100 000 figures, Education at a Glance provides key information on the ouput of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools.



In the 2013 edition, new material includes:

  • More recent data on the economic crisis, showing that education remains the best protection against unemployment;
  • More detailed data on programme orientation (general versus vocational) in secondary and tertiary education;
  • An analysis of how work status (full-time, part-time, involuntary part-time) is related to individuals’ level of education;
  • A review of the relationship between fields of education and tuition fees, unemployment rates and earnings premiums;
  • An indicator showing how many of the students who enter a tertiary programme ultimately graduate from it;
  • An indicator on the relationship between educational attainment and two health-related concerns, obesity and smoking; and
  • Trend data covering the years 1995 to 2010-11 for all the key indicators.



    The Excel™ spreadsheets used to create the tables and charts in Education at a Glance are available via the StatLinks provided throughout the publication.

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United Kingdom

Public expenditure on all services in the United Kingdom grew by 3% between 2008 and 2010, the first years of the economic crisis – compared to 6% on average among OECD countries – while public expenditure on education increased by 12% (Table B4.2). As a result, the public expenditure on education as a percentage of total public expenditure grew by 9% – the third largest increase among OECD countries after Australia (14%) and Iceland (13%) – while on average among OECD countries, it remained essentially unchanged (Table B4.2). Indeed, between 2000 and 2010 the expenditure per student at primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary levels increased by 74%, the 7th highest increase among 27 countries with available data, while the number of students decreased by 12% (Table B1.5a). At tertiary level, expenditure per student grew by 38% between 2000 and 2010 while the number of students increased of 18%, such that spending per student is now significantly higher than it was in 2000. However, while spending grew faster than student numbers between 2000 and 2005, the reverse occurred between 2005 and 2010 – such that expenditure per student decreased slightly by 3% between 2005 and 2010, whereas on average among OECD countries it grew by 8% over the same period (Table B1.5b).

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