The Telegraph is reporting that Tristram Hunt has suggested teenagers should take a citizenship test because migrants currently have a better understanding of British values and history than they do…
…Addressing the Education Reform summit, he will say: “A Great Debate should look at whether we need a proper National Baccalaureate qualification for all secondary school and college leavers.
“A framework which could balance important specialist academic, technical and creative qualifications, including traditional A levels, alongside a common core for all learners.
“And why not discuss whether we should make – as part of a new baccalaureate qualification or otherwise – all pupils take the ‘Life in the UK’ British Citizenship Test before leaving school?
“Surely it is only fair to expect our young people finishing full-time education to possess the same grounding in our history and common values as incoming migrants…”
Separately, Mr Hunt will say teachers in outstanding schools are focusing on the “easiest” subjects and targeting pupils “on the cusp of passing” as pressure to perform in league tables mounts…”
Mr Hunt will also say the joy for learning among students has been “buried beneath an avalanche of bureaucracy”…
Clearly Tristram Hunt is going to be talking about a whole range of issues at this event, but what of the idea of getting all teenagers to take a citizen test before leaving school?
Can you see any merit in the idea? Please do let us know why/why not…
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