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Headteacher’s advice to top school ratings

Rossall School headteacher Elaine Purves

Rossall School headteacher Elaine Purves

The headteacher of a Wyre independent school has given her verdict on how to help UK schools make their way up international rankings.

Elaine Purves, Rossall School’s headteacher, has said fewer policy changes, less political interference and the use of international approaches to schooling for younger pupils would help schools to compete globally.

She has said the adoption of study systems such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) are the quickest way to effect radical improvements for students who will have to compete in a global market.

The IB exams are considered by some to be the more challenging alternative to A Levels and see students take on six subjects, including science, maths, English and a language.

Ms Purves said: “It isn’t just independent schools that can benefit from adoption of the IB and IB’s PYP and if the state system had been less prescriptive in recent years more schools would have been allowed to opt out of the National Curriculum and standards would most likely have improved across the board.”

Ms Purves has said that UK education still has respect around the world, a point illustrated by the number of students from the Far East studying at schools such as Rossall.

She added: “Britain has excellent teachers and given the right platform they could get significantly better outcomes for their pupils.”

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