Differences Between UK and Amercian Primary Education


It is always interesting to check out the differences in education in various countries. Perhaps the closest in their educational system is the UK and the USA. This is partly because these two countries having teamed up to parallel their educational system which is of great advantage to international students.

On the primary level which are the beginning years for students entering the education field it is amusing to see what some of the minor differences are.

Words of different meaning

Of course, there is some difference between the UK English and the American English. One of the common ones that may affect the primary school children would be the simple difference between asking for a rubber or and an eraser.

Travel to school

Perhaps one of the most significant factors about school in the UK and the US is the mode of transportation. The USA has set their time schedule for school classes much different than what many of the schools in the UK offer. The USA has adopted the notion that having children start school earlier means that they can finish earlier. The drawback to this is that they have to be up in some cases at the crack of dawn to prepare themselves for school and so they can catch the school bus. In the UK the little ones at the primary age either walk to school under the care for many of them with their parents or they are driven to school which is normally only a short distance away.


The public schools in the USA don’t require the wearing of uniforms. In many cases, the children in the schools in the UK even at the primary level and pertaining to the state schools may be required to wear uniforms all though there may be exceptions to this.

Basically, what it comes down to the UK it has an excellent reputation for their school system starting right from the primary level and so does the USA. So no matter what minor differences there may be neither country should be chastised for the effort that is put into the school system and educating the children residing in their respective countries. The priority is the school roster and the level of education.