25 Nov 2010 09:36 AM
The CBI commented on the Government’s Schools White Paper, The Importance of Teaching, published yesterday.
Susan Anderson, CBI Director for Education and Public Services policy said:

“This is a far-reaching review which sets out ways to drive up quality and standards in the education system.

“The Government is right to focus on raising standards in literacy and numeracy. While many schools are already doing an excellent job, it is right that attention is being focused on helping young children achieve better results.

“Businesses want students to leave school with high-quality qualifications which are recognised and understood. The “English baccalaureate” could be a good way of encouraging more young people to study academic subjects, such as languages, which businesses value.

“However, we need a more determined focus to ensure students study the three separate sciences at GCSE as this is the best preparation for further A-level study.”

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