1. National

Report: Replace A Levels with baccalaureate

A levels should be scrapped in favour of a baccalaureate as it would allow students to take more subjects, a group of education experts has said.

View all 2 updates ›

'Cross-party approach' needed to improve education

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.

– Sir Michael Rake

More top news