Tuesday, 30 December 2014

CBI: Scrap GCSEs to boost skills

John Cridland, the director-general of the CBI, has said that the Government must reform the education system by scrapping GCSEs, because they fail to produce the type of people that employers want to hire. Mr Cridland explained that the GCSE exam treadmill does not always serve young people well and in many cases fails to equip them with the right skills. “While the average pupil is gently improving, we see too many left behind and others who could be high achievers not fulfilling their potential,” he said during his annual New Year address, adding: “We need to get the basics right first time in primary school and then provide a personal menu of tailored learning plans for all 14 to 18-year-olds, offering high-quality academic and vocational A levels and encouraging young people to mix and match. This will involve the eventual abolition of GCSEs at 16.”

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