RE-ASSESSING THE FUTURE (PART 2)
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. Even so, the dominance of A-levels has 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 the playing field between different pathways for young people.