- A move away from bite-sized "modular" courses in some subjects in favour of tests at the end of two years of A-level study, and allowing universities to script A-level exams and syllabuses to ensure sixth-form courses act as a better preparation for a degree.
- An "English Baccalaureate" that rewards pupils for gaining five good GCSEs in English, maths, science, foreign languages and a humanities subject [can general adoption of the International Baccalaureate be far behind?] and a ban on schools using vocational courses as "equivalent" qualifications to boost their ranking in GCSE league tables.
- A review of the National Curriculum to outline the key "bodies of knowledge" that children should master at each stage of their education, and a reading test for all six year-olds to identify those struggling after a year of school, ensuring they receive extra tuition.
20 November 2010
Gove's da man - innit?
The Telegraph reports Education Secretary Gove's plan to re-introduce penalties for pupils displaying poor spelling, punctuation and grammar in exams, dropped by the Labour pukes. Other proposals: