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Doubts Cast on Baccalaureate's Value

Magazine article Public Finance

Doubts Cast on Baccalaureate's Value

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Attainment levels would drop if A-levels were replaced by a baccalaureate system, according to education researchers.

The government has promised to introduce the International Baccalaureate to every area in England by 2010. The course allows pupils to study a broader range of subjects beyond the age of 16.

But research from the University of Staffordshire has indicated that this broadening would have a detrimental effect on achievement levels as pupils would not have the freedom to concentrate on their strongest subjects.

They also said that there was no evidence to show that baccalaureate holders obtained higher-paid jobs.

'It therefore cannot be argued that there are employment benefits which should be taken into account beyond the effects on average examination performance,' research team leader Professor Peter Davies said. …

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