Overhaul England’s ‘narrow’ A-levels, says top scientist

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A-levels are too narrow and are not teaching pupils the skills they need for the future, says Prof Sir Venki Ramakrishnan

England’s A-levels are among the narrowest upper secondary systems in the world and need radical change, the president of the Royal Society will say in a speech on Tuesday.

Nobel prize winner Prof Sir Venki Ramakrishnan wants an independent review of post-16 education, and exams transformed within 10 years.

His call comes after a leading MP urged an overhaul of both GCSEs and A-levels.

The government says recent reforms have made A-levels more fit for purpose.

However, Cambridge biologist Sir Venki, who took over as Royal Society president in 2015, believes these…

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