secondary and vocational education in ENGLAND, 2012

Comprehensive schools for everybody (academic, technical and vocational) appeared in 1960s, 1970s.

National curriculum appeared in 1980s.
Core subjects : mathematics (numeracy), english (literacy), Sciences.

Optional subjects : humanities (history, geography), Art-drama-music, Physical Education, ICT-technology, Religions, PSHE (personal social health education)

2010 : foreign language began compulsory, but it doesn’t have to be a european language.

Schools and exams

Age : 4 to 7 : infant school

Age 7 to 11 : junior school

Age 11 to 16 : secondary school

Exams : 5 GCSE  (academic) / NVQ (practical)

Age 16 to 18 : College

Exams : 4 A levels (academic) / B tec (in between) / NVQ (practical)