Education is an extremely important part of everyone’s life; it opens up opportunities that you would otherwise not have access to. With a good start in education you can gain qualifications that will greatly help in many areas of your life.


Schools are a huge part of growing up; they have the power to mould young minds to become insightful, successful and most essentially – happy. 

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With Education being of such great importance in our lives, everyone must have a different opinion on how to best teach people. Take yourself on a trip around the world of Education to learn how countries differ in the way they deliver education.




Singapore is one among the highly-rated schooling systems around the world. According to the independent, Singapore scores a 6.1 when measured on the ’12 pillars of competitiveness’ and came impressively high in the PISA* tests.


Their Educational system is globally recognised to help you secure a good job, expand your horizons, open numerous opportunities and much more.

Singapore’s public universities are among the top 60 in the world.






Next stop – Australia. So we’ve had a peek into Singapore’s Education system, let’s check out the Aussies way of schooling. As Brits, we attend Primary, Secondary school and Higher Education.


Here’s where it differs – Australia has Tertiary Education that’s split into two sections. Of which are:


1.    Vocational Education and Training (VET)

2.    Higher Education


Vocational Education and Training (VET) focuses on developing skills that are specific to their trade/field. Trainees will be assessed by their acquisition of competencies.


•    Each year around $41.8 Billion is spent on Education in Australia.





Finland is supposed to be the happiest place in the world, but does their education system have anything to do with that?


Well, Finnish kids don’t start going to school until they turn 7, that’s almost another 3 years later than British children – Not including Pre-school!


Within those first 6 years of School, the children aren’t measured at all in their academic capabilities. That makes them around the age of 13 when they finally take academic assessments.


66 Percent of Finnish students end up going to college. To put that into perspective, this is the highest percentage in Europe.


Perhaps a relaxed, stress-free education does participate in the overall happiness of Finland.


Finland spends roughly $10 Billion on Education every year and scores 6.7 on the Independents ’12 Pillars of competitiveness’ ranking


United States


•    The annual spending on Education within the United States is $809.6 Billion, which is by far the highest amount spent compared to the countries we have listed.


•    You can legally leave education at the age of 16, although it is discouraged


•    85% of student’s finish high school


•    The US has the highest percentage of college graduates compared to other countries


•    Full-time education is compulsory


•    The US scored 465 (mean score of PISA) for the Girls mathematical performance


•    US Boys scored a mean of 474 in the same category in 2015




Mathematical Performance















With an impressive score of 5.9 on the ’12 Pillars of competitiveness’ (Independent) Barbados has one of the highest literacy rates Globally of 98%.


•    Primary School starts at age 4 up to 11, students then go into Secondary school until they’re 18. This is pretty much the same as us in the UK.


The Government pays for education


Barbados has an exceptional number of scholars, sportsmen, artists, musicians and professionals which went through the Barbados educational system




•    The UK public consider people aged 18-23 as ‘School age’, for some reason discarding that we start education at the age of 4 or 5 until 18 which is compulsory.


•    This means that from 18+ students study because they want to, not because they legally have to. With this said, in the UK in order to get a job in the field you want to work in, you must have the right qualifications. Which effectively means you have to continue education after 18 if you want to work in higher-paying job roles.


•    Around $122.6 billion is spent on Education per annum


•    You must stay in education until the age of 18 in the UK. This can be carried out through college, University, or the Apprenticeship scheme where you work while still learning.




•    90% of the population receive education for 15 years or more, this means out of the 81 years of the average life expectancy in Belgium, only 66 years is spent outside of the schooling system.


•    That means Belgium spends roughly 18.52% of their lives in education.   


•    81.4% is spent outside of education.




•    A rough amount of $86.9 billion is spent on Education within Russia per year


•    99.5% of the population above the age of 15 can read and write.


•    Of which, 99.7% male


•    99.5% female (2010)


•    Children must start education at 6 years’ old


•    After the age of 15, you are no longer legally required to attend education




•    Mexico takes out about $74.9 Billion to spend on Education within one year.


•    The years in which people have to legally attend education is between grades 1-12. Which works out to 12 years of compulsory education.


Students get the opportunity to learn Spanish at international schools.


Mexico has a deep, rich and fascinating history which is taught in schools across the country


Schools are low- budget





*PISA means; Programme for International Student Assessment. These assessments that are carried out compares and examines the performance of students Maths, reading and scientific literacy. These tests and surveys are taken by students aged 15 in numerous countries voluntarily.




OECD stands for Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. They ask people to carry out test, surveys and exams on an extremely large scale so that they can then take those scores and provide data. This data serves as a way for countries to share experiences and work together to find solutions to economic issues.