Education Minister Chris Grayling says the Government is “committed to giving every pupil an outstanding GCSE” in a bid to encourage the best and brightest to study in England.
He added: “If we are going to do that, we have to give the best chance for everyone who wants to study here.””
We want to get every pupil into an outstanding college and then, of course, get every young person to graduate in an outstanding university.”
He added: “If we are going to do that, we have to give the best chance for everyone who wants to study here.”
The Government is committed to giving everyone an outstanding C2 in an exam that every pupil should take.
“This is what the Government has always done and we are determined to get it right.”
The Government’s college and universities have a combined capacity of more than 30,000 students from around the UK.
Mr Grayling also revealed plans for a new secondary school in the capital, as part of a wider overhaul of education, including the expansion of the National Curriculum and a “transformative” overhaul of the local curriculum.
The Education Secretary said: “We are putting in place a huge number of schools and schools of the future, and we want to make sure that those schools can offer students the best possible learning experience.”
But, as we have already said, this is going to be a transformational reform, so the changes we are putting forward today are going in the right direction and are part of the plan to deliver the best education for the people of this country.
“In a joint statement, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Education Service Union (ESU) said they were “deeply disappointed” by the Government plans to make secondary education a “top priority”.
They added: In our view, there is no justification for a national system of secondary education which has been so badly damaged by the cuts in funding that has now been introduced by the previous Government.
They called on the Government to commit to a “national primary” system, where every child has access to the same “core” subjects, such as science, maths and English.
Mr Greyling also announced plans to give councils the ability to increase the number of teachers on their boards.
“I know that the community has been very supportive of the proposals for a secondary school and I am really proud that this new scheme is the first of its kind in England,” he said.
He said: “”The National Currulum has been the subject of a great deal of criticism, but we have come up with a system that is not just right, it is actually in fact a great way to improve learning in the classroom.”
He added: “”It is important to remember that the education of children in primary schools is a very important component of any good education.
“”The Government are committed to investing in secondary education, but it is also very important that we get this right, we must ensure that all young people are given the best opportunity to learn, and the Government are going further and further to invest in secondary schools.
“Labour’s shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, welcomed the announcement.
However, he said the move would not help “those children who do not have the ability or the desire to go to university”.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The education secretary [Chris Grayling] has just announced a scheme that will make the education system a top priority, but will not help those children who don’t have the capability or the ability, because they’re not going to university.
Jeremy Corbyn is standing down as Labour leader.