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International Baccalaureate

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will introduce the International Baccalaureate to schools in England instead of creating an English version of it to replace A-levels. [107927]

In our policy document 14–19: "opportunity and excellence" we recognised the particular strengths of the International Baccalaureate while at the same time noting that the IB was not designed to be, and is not, a suitable model to meet the needs of the majority of young people in this country.The Working Group chaired by Mike Tomlinson on possible longer-term 14–19 reforms will consider the structure and delivery of the International Baccalaureate as part of its work on a unified framework of qualifications.