Peers call for urgent overhaul of secondary education in England | Secondary schools

A major parliamentary report has called for an urgent overhaul of secondary education in England that would reverse many of the Conservatives’ key educational changes of the past decade.

The House of Lords report says the education system for 11- to 16-year-olds is too focused on academic learning and written exams, resulting in too much learning by rote and not enough opportunity for pupils to pursue creative and technical subjects.

Published on Tuesday, the report also calls for the English baccalaureate, introduced by then education secretary Michael Gove as a school performance measure to encourage the uptake of a narrow