Magazine article Public Finance

Time to Phase out A-Levels, Says the IPPR

Magazine article Public Finance

Time to Phase out A-Levels, Says the IPPR

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The school curriculum needs to be reformed to encourage more young people to stay in education after the age of 16, the government's favourite thinktank said this week.

As this year's A-level results were published, the Institute for Public Policy Research called for the qualification to be phased out in favour of a 'British Baccalaureate' comprising academic and vocational elements.

The IPPR said that one in four 16-18 year olds did not stay on - a figure that has remained static since 1997.

Richard Brooks, IPPR associate director, said: 'Practically all young people in the UK should now be in education or training until they are 18 or 19 years old. Yet not only are too many missing out, but current policies don't seem to be increasing the numbers of those who stay on in learning until the end of their teenage years. …

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