Rishi Sunak at the moment introduced plans to scrap A-levels and T-levels by combining them into a brand new single qualification often called the ‘Superior British Commonplace’.
In his Tory convention speech, the Prime Minister outlined how the worldwide baccalaureate-style qualification would see pupils research no less than 5 topics.
Each pupil can be required to check some type of maths and English to age 18, Mr Sunak mentioned.
He additionally set out his want to enhance the variety of hours that British college students spend within the classroom after the age of 16 so it matches different nations.
As he detailed his schooling shake-up, Mr Sunak mentioned he was ‘pulling one of many largest levers we have now to vary the course of our nation’.
He informed the Conservative convention in Manchester: ‘We’ll introduce the brand new rigorous, information wealthy Superior British Commonplace which can convey collectively A-Ranges and T-Ranges into a brand new, single qualification for our faculty leavers.
‘First, this can lastly ship on the promise of parity of esteem between educational and technical schooling as a result of all college students will sit the Superior British Commonplace.
‘Second, we are going to increase the ground, guaranteeing that our kids depart faculty literate and numerate.
‘As a result of with the Superior British Commonplace all college students will research some type of English and maths to 18, with additional assist for many who wrestle most. In our nation no little one ought to be left behind.
‘Third, our 16- to 19-year-olds spend round a 3rd much less time within the classroom than a few of our opponents. We should change this.
‘So, with our Superior British Commonplace, college students will spend no less than 195 hours extra with a trainer.
‘And fourth, A-Degree college students, usually, solely do three topics in comparison with the seven studied by our financial opponents.
‘The Superior British Commonplace will change that too, with college students now, sometimes, learning 5 topics.
‘And because of the additional instructing time that we’re introducing this higher breadth received’t come on the expense of depth which is such a power of our system.’
Mr Sunak acknowledged his plans would require ‘extra academics within the coming years’.
He introduced plans to lure individuals into instructing key topics in colleges and schools with tax-free bonuses of as much as £30,000 over the primary 5 years of their profession.
The PM additionally promised to make schooling his ‘predominant funding precedence’ in each evaluation of Whitehall spending.
‘Why? As a result of it’s the closest factor we have now to a silver bullet,’ he mentioned.
‘It’s the greatest financial coverage, the very best social coverage, the very best ethical coverage. It the easiest way to unfold alternative and to create a extra affluent society.
‘It’s not simply my means. It’s the Conservative means.’
Schooling Secretary Gillian Keegan mentioned the brand new Superior British Commonplace would ‘rework post-16 schooling so that each little one, wherever they stay, wherever they arrive from, receives an schooling that units them up for fulfillment’.