UK education system fostering a 'cult of the average'

Britain's education system is fostering a "cult of the average", failing to help the brightest children or those most in need, business leaders have warned.

Pupils sitting an exam. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

In a new report, the CBI said too many children fall behind and never catch up and, in some cases, secondary schools have become exam factories.

Decades of "patchwork" reforms have left schools confused and encouraged a tick box culture that has put off teachers and resulted in a focus on exams and league tables, the UK's biggest business group said.

The report recommended changes such as; reducing the importance of GCSEs and making A-levels the main exam for school leavers and moving away from league tables in favour of Ofsted reports.