“Rootless cosmopolitan education.”
That’s the scathing assessment former education secretary Michael Gove gave to the International Baccalaureate, according to former universities minister Lord Willetts.
And it appears this disdain for the European qualification has filtered down the system, as the number of British schools providing the IB has plummeted over the last decade – although there has been an increase in the number of pupil entries.
In 2018, just 110 UK schools had pupil entries for IB programmes aimed at 16- to 19-year-olds, compared with 230 in 2008.
Willetts said that Gove’s ...