Labour: 'A humiliating climbdown from Michael Gove'

Following reports that Education Secretary Michael Gove has been forced to abandon plans to replace GCSEs with the English Baccalaureate, shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg has said, Mr Gove should have listened to warnings:

This is a humiliating climbdown from Michael Gove.

It shows why he should have listened to business leaders, headteachers and experts in the first place and not come up with a plan on the back of an envelope.

Pupils and parents need certainty now. Michael Gove must now make clear whether he will abandon his narrow, out of date plans altogether or merely try to delay them.

He needs to go back to the drawing board and develop a curriculum and exam system that meets our future challenges as a country.

Labour wants to work with the Government to forge a long term consensus on exam and curriculum reform. We would welcome cross party talks.