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Our time is nearly up to change curriculum

In the CBIEDI Education and Skills Survey 2010, 42 per cent of employers said business studies was the top A-level choice to boost job prospects. Only 13 per cent thought that English was the best choice.

Yet the influential Russell Group of universities tends not to offer business studies as an undergraduate course, and suggests it sees it as a "soft" A-level.

Education secretary Michael Gove is currently excluding enterprise education (and business studies) from the English Baccalaureate.

Business studies is not narrowly vocational, but ought to be part of the debate about the vocational curriculum in schools.

We need to consider the needs of all 14 to 19-year-olds, not just the very academic and the few who want to be engineers.

Duncan Cullimore, Chief executive, Economics, Business and Enterprise Association, West Sussex.

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