Tristram Hunt: Test teenagers on British citizenship before leaving school

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”…

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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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Comments

  1. Nairb

    And if they fail? Stay at school? Refused a British passport? It’s about time Hunt started looking at the creeping privatisation of schools rather than coming up with this nonsense.

  2. lesterlassie

    SchoolsImprove there is the danger that some students would be stuck in schools until they reached retirement!

  3. Busy Mum

    The truest test of a British citizen is whether or not he/she grasps that he/she is not a citizen at all, but a subject of the British monarch.

  4. artmadnana

    SchoolsImprove can we please have more innovative, progressive and effective ideas from the shadow Ed than this idiocy! Or better get rid!

  5. Dai_James1942

    SchoolsImprove ‘Our’ history is no longer a suitable foundation for understanding the world we live in, if it ever was. #China #Islam

  6. Dai_James1942

    SchoolsImprove ‘Our’ history is no longer a suitable foundation for understanding the world we live in, if it ever was. #China #Islam

  7. Dai_James1942

    SchoolsImprove ‘Our’ history is no longer a suitable foundation for understanding the world we live in, if it ever was. #China #Islam

  8. Dai_James1942

    SchoolsImprove ‘Our’ history is no longer a suitable foundation for understanding the world we live in, if it ever was. #China #Islam

  9. Dai_James1942

    SchoolsImprove ‘Our’ history is no longer a suitable foundation for understanding the world we live in, if it ever was. #China #Islam

  10. Busy Mum I’m nobody’s subject.  That said, I respect the Queen and think she does a good job.  But I’m not subject to her authority – the divine right of Kings went a long time ago.

  11. Seemingly a daft idea.  But if it was voluntary  then it could be included in a final graduation certificate which listed all tests passed.
    Not keen on it myself, though.

  12. TW

    Janet2 Busy Mum  Sorry, strictly speaking both wrong.  By Act of Parliament British people are citizens of the state.  They are also subjects of the Crown.

  13. TW

    Hunt would do better apologising for Blunkett and the rest of the disastrous education policies of the NuLab government, which laid the foundations for all the worst aspects of what we now endure.

  14. Busy Mum

    @TW Janet2 Busy Mum But doesn’t the EU put a whole different meaning on this? I think the Queen is de facto now a citizen of the EU state…

  15. TW

    Busy Mum Janet2  Not really – http://ec.europa.eu/justice/citizen/

    “Any person who holds the nationality of an EU country is automatically also an EU citizen. EU citizenship is additional to and does not replace national citizenship. It is for each EU country to lay down the conditions for the acquisition and loss of nationality of that country.Citizenship of the Union is conferred directly on every EU citizen by the http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:12012E/TXT.”

    The Queen is an EU citizen de jure not just de facto but that is in addition to her roles in Britain.

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