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Is the decline of the IB in Britain down to Mr Gove?

Is the decline of the IB in Britain down to Mr Gove?

The International Baccalaureate has gone backwards in Britain partly because of Michael Gove’s hostility to the programme when he was education secretary, a former Conservative minister has claimed.

Lord Willetts, who was minister for universities and science between 2010 and 2014, suggested that Mr Gove disliked the IB because he thought it represented “rootless cosmopolitan education not grounded in the history of this country”.

Lord Willetts also said England’s system of narrowing the curriculum at age 16 was “ludicrous”, and that A levels should be broadened out to allow most students to sit exams in five or six subjects.

The number of British schools providing the IB has plummeted over the last decade, although there has been an increase in pupil entries.

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