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What are the plans for a Baccalaureate?

 
Girl doing homework What are the plans for a Baccalaureate?

This is another new way of studying. It would replace all the qualifications you study for from age 14 onwards.

The plan has been suggested by a panel of experts led by the former chief schools inspector Mike Tomlinson.

It would mean:

  • More subjects
  • More project work
  • Less exams
  • One single diploma instead of lots of different GCSE's and A Levels.

What could be good about it?

You wouldn't have to drop subjects as you went along, so you would know about more subject areas. People who are not good in exams would have other ways of getting marks for the things they had learnt.

What could be bad about it?

By studying more subjects you might end up knowing a little bit about lots of things, but not really understanding anything in depth.

Where did the idea come from?

It's not totally new. A similar qualification is used in other European countries including France.

When might this happen?

Changes would not happen in English schools for at least ten years.


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