News Maths is the only subject where girls still lag behind boys

Girls lack confidence in their ability in maths and science and are therefore put off from applying for jobs in engineering and computing, a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows today.

Where's the rest of the oil?

While pessimists fear that the planet's oil supply will run out in the not too distant future, BP's latest deal with Russia's Rosneft to drill in the Arctic appears to tell a different story. Richard Northedge reports on how global consumption is rising and falling

Opec's grip on oil market to return to 1970s levels

World oil prices remained close to the $100-per-barrel mark last night as BP said Opec was set to increase its share of global oil production to levels not seen since the oil shocks of the 1970s.

'$100 oil is threatening economic recovery,' says IEA

Oil prices back near $100 are threatening the global recovery, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said yesterday, raising the pressure on the Opec producers' cartel to increase supply.

The benchmark for excellence: Can British schools catch up with other nations?

Standards in British schools have slipped dramatically behind those of other nations in the last decade, says Michael Gove. But analysing the reasons provides an exciting opportunity to catch up fast

OECD warns Europe over new bank rescues

More European banks may have to be rescued, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, the "club" of the world most advanced economies, warned today.

IEA raises oil demand outlook

Global oil demand will be higher than expected next year, the International Energy Agency said yesterday.

British schools slump in global league table

The UK is sliding down an international table measuring reading, maths and science standards around the world, a major report revealed yesterday.

Richard Garner: An indictment of Labour, a challenge for the Coalition

The tale to emerge from yesterday's international study is almost an everyday story of UK education folk.

Richard Garner: Culture of hard work pays off in the Far East

View from China

Britons fattest in European Union

More than half of people in the European Union are overweight or obese and Britons are the fattest, a report said today.

OECD: growth in retreat in advanced economies

Underlining the emergence of a "two-speed" economic world, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said yesterday that the economic recovery lost pace in the OECD area over the autumn. The OECD comprises the world's advanced economies, but not emerging ones such as China.

OECD highlights threats to UK as it slashes growth forecast

Renewed weakness in the housing market and the deficit reduction programme is threatening to weaken Britain's economic recovery, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has warned.

IEA predicts oil breaking $200 by 2035 as China keeps on trucking

Oil prices will rise beyond $200 a barrel as global supplies, strained by rising demand from China, India and other emerging economies, near their peak in 2035, the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicted yesterday.

UK will escape 'double dip', predicts OECD

Britain will experience a slowdown in her economic recovery but escape a "double dip" relapse into recession, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – the "club" of all the world's advanced economies.

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