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International baccalaureate plan 'elitist and divisive'

30 November 2006 | last updated: 15 December 2015

UCU has today responded to comments by prime minister Tony Blair on plans for more academies and greater access to the International baccalaureate,

UCU joint general secretary, Paul Mackney said: 'These proposals are divisive and elitist. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is very different from the Welsh baccalaureate which is available at different levels and can be taken by a wide section of young people. The IB is another qualification aimed at those who are going to be high achievers anyway.

'The Tomlinson report offered a better framework which was inclusive of all talents. The government's proposals will merely add to confusion and the fragmentation of available qualifications.'