Seems like government policy to provide everyone with the same education. Let all and sundry go to university and get a degree in subjects which in many cases serve no useful purpose other than to inflate the ego of the recipients. Whether the suggestion I am going to make is workable I don't know. However I feel that it offers a viable alternative to the less academically gifted. Many of our children drop out of school in their early teens and eventually leave school with no qualifications and numeracy and literacy skills almost non existent At age 13 why not offer a completely different type of education to these drop outs. Let us retain English and mathematics as core subjects. Perhaps an hour a day on each. The rest of the school working week to be used for trade training. Why not let these kids learn plumbing, joinery, bricklaying, electrical skills and other skills useful to their working life. The maths could even be tailored to suit the course. Just think at sixteen kids could be leaving school with NVQ qualifications completely relevant to their needs.