But we’ve also stuck with a system which tolerates underachievement.
At one end, low attainment. 40% of young people failing to get at least a C in GCSE English and maths by age 16.
And at the other, failure to stretch the best pupils. 65% of pupils who got Level 5 in both English and maths at the end of primary school aren’t achieving A* or A at GCSE in these subjects.
It’s a system where children from more disadvantaged backgrounds start school a year behind in vocabulary, but never catch up.
A system where GCSE scores correlate almost perfectly with parents’ income. And where children from poorer backgrounds are disproportionately more likely to go to less good schools.
Almost one million young people aren’t in education, employment and training.
With many more falling short of their full potential.
Yet the system just carries on.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at John Cridland – Festival of Education speech – CBI.
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