The UK needs to cut out party politics if it is to improve education for young people and tackle the "unacceptably low level" of literacy and numeracy, a business leader has said in a report calling for A levels to be scrapped.
Sir Michael Rake, chairman of BT and president of business group CBI, said:
Over the last 25 years and longer there have been multiple initiatives from different Secretaries of State which have not achieved the necessary improvement in educational standards.
It is therefore time to establish a cross-party apolitical approach to education to move on from our narrow out-dated focus with A-levels and to improve on the other competencies necessary for success including the fundamental need to improve the basic skills of literacy and numeracy which are at an unacceptably low level.
More top news
US President talks about meeting Royal toddler in his last address at the annual White House correspondents' dinner.
Clocks will go forward 30 minutes so there is half an hour more daylight in the evening when energy consumption peaks.
Tina Green is to be called before the Work and Pensions Committee as it looks into how the high street chain went into administration.