Education in the UK is devolved matter, with each state has a separate education system.

Education in England is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Education, despite the daily administration and funding of state schools is the responsibility of local government. Universal state education is free of charge introduced gradually between 1870 and 1944, with education became compulsory for all 5 to 14 year-olds in 1921 . Education is now compulsory from ages 5-16 (15 if born in late July or August). The majority of children are educated in state-sector schools, only a minority who voted on the basis of academic ability. State schools are allowed to select pupils according to intelligence and academic ability can achieve comparable results to the private schools of the most selective: of the ten schools of superior performance in terms of GCSE results in 2006 are the two state-run grammar schools. Although the decline in the proportion of the actual number of children in England attend private schools has increased to more than 7%. More than half of students at leading universities of Cambridge and Oxford had attended state schools . Universities in the UK including some of the best universities in the world:. University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Oxford and Imperial College London, all ranks in world's top 10 in the 2010 QS World University Rankings, Cambridge was ranked first with Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) assessed students in the UK 7 in the world for mathematics and for science 6. The results put England ahead of the students of other European countries, including Germany and the Scandinavian countries.

Education in Scotland is the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, with day-to-day administration and funding of public schools the responsibility of local government. Two non-departmental public bodies have an important role in the education of Scotland: Scottish Qualifications Authority is responsible for the accreditation of development assessment, and certification of qualifications other than degrees delivered in secondary schools, post-secondary schools, further education colleges and other centers; .. Learning and Teaching Scotland provides advice, resources and staff development for the educational community to promote the development of curriculum and create a culture of innovation, ambition and excellence was passed to Scotland's first compulsory education in 1496 The proportion of children in school Scotland attending private just over 4%, although it has risen slowly in recent years. Scottish students who attend Scottish universities pay tuition fees nor graduate contribution, as the fee was abolished in 2001 and graduate endowment scheme was abolished in 2008.

Education in Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the Minister of Education and Minister of Labour and Learning, although responsibility at the local level is administered by five education and library boards that cover different geographical areas. Council Curriculum, Examination and Assessment (CCEA) is the body responsible for advising the government on what should be taught in Northern Ireland schools, monitoring standards and provision of qualifications. Welsh Government has the responsibility for education in Wales. A large number of Welsh students are taught either wholly or mainly in the Welsh language; lessons in Welsh is compulsory for all until the age of 16 There are plans to increase the provision of Welsh schools as part of the policy. creating a bilingual Wales.
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