I’d like to tell you a few words about education in Britain and in Russia and I’d like to start with British education system. In Britain all children from 5 to 16 go to school. There are state schools, which are free and private schools, for which parents pay. Many British private schools are “boarding” schools. The children stay at school during all term and only come home on the holidays. They usually wear uniforms. All state schools in Britain provide their pupils with books and equipment for their students in contrast to Russia. 9 million children attend 35.000 schools in Britain.
Education is compulsory. Parents can choose to send their children to a nursery school or a pre-school play group to prepare them for the start of compulsory education. Children start primary school at 5 and continue for 6 years until they are 11. Most children are tought together, boys and girls in the same class. At 11 most pupils go to secondary schools called comprehensives.
As for Russian education it differs
The main differences between British and Russian education systems, as I think, are:
In Russia pupils don’t wear uniforms, although there are many private schools appeared not long ago where pupils have to wear uniform.
In Britain the dicipline in schools is stricter than in Russia. Some things aren’t allowed there, for example to miss classes without special permission.
In Britain there are more subjects pupils can study. The choice of these subjects is wider and pupils can easier find the sphere they are interested in.
But on the whole the education systems of our countries are similar. I think that is all really.