England plans to give bac

1st December 2006 at 00:00
The westminster government will pay to train teachers in a hundred schools to offer the International Baccalaureate, the Prime Minister said yesterday.

It will double the number of British schools offering the exam, in which sixth-formers must study both arts and science subjects, and will make it available to teenagers in every English local authority by 2010.

In a speech billed as a farewell to teachers, Mr Blair also said schools should foster in students the softer skills of research and independent thinking which are a feature of both the International and Welsh bac, but are absent from A-levels.

But his final move in nine years of "education, education, education"

reforms came under fire for undermining A-levels.

Mr Blair's announcement appears to be the final admission that the Curriculum 2000 A-level reforms have not worked.

Prime Minister's QA pages 14-15

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