The below Parliamentary question was asked by Alan Mak on 2016-06-28.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that school standards in England match those of the best international competitors.
In 2014 we introduced a new, ambitious national curriculum to match the best education systems in the world. We are also reforming GCSEs, A Levels and primary school assessment to represent a new gold standard which enables students to compete with their peers in the world’s best school systems. From summer 2017 the standard of a GCSE “good pass” will be in line with the average performance in high-performing countries.