United Kingdom: Education spending, percent of GDP

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 United Kingdom

Public spending on education, percent of GDP

 Latest value 5.33
 Year 2021
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1971 - 2021
 Average 4.99
 Min - Max 3.99 - 6.42
 Source UNESCO
For that indicator, we provide data for the United Kingdom from 1971 to 2021. The average value for the United Kingdom during that period was 4.99 percent with a minimum of 3.99 percent in 1999 and a maximum of 6.42 percent in 1976. The latest value from 2021 is 5.33 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 141 countries is 4.42 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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United Kingdom - Education spending, percent of GDP - recent values

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United Kingdom - Education spending, percent of GDP - historical chart - 1971-2021




Definition: General government expenditure on education (current, capital, and transfers) is expressed as a percentage of GDP. It includes expenditure funded by transfers from international sources to government. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.


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 Primary school completion rate 98.94 2021 percent
 School starting age, primary school 5 2022 years
 Female to male ratio, primary school pupils 1.00 2020 percent
 Female to male ratio, secondary school students 1.02 2020 percent
 Female to male ratio, students at tertiary level education 1.26 2021 percent
 Preprimary school enrollment 105.76 2020 percent
 Primary school enrollment 102.18 2021 percent
 Secondary school enrollment 113.04 2021 percent
 Tertiary school enrollment 77.01 2021 percent
 PISA math scores 488.975 2022 index points
 PISA reading scores 494.405 2022 index points
 PISA science scores 499.670 2022 index points
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