Re-assessing the future: Part 2 – the final years of secondary education


This report from UK think tank EDSK looks at the current dominance of A-levels and the impact on applied and technical courses.

A-levels were originally introduced in 1951 to prevent students from specialising too early and only studying a narrow range of subjects. 70 years on, they have failed to fulfil this mission. The dominance of A-levels has also undermined the prestige of applied and technical courses. This report calls for the introduction of a ‘Baccalaureate’ covering academic, applied and technical education to broaden the curriculum and create a level playing field between different pathways for young people.

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