Leyla, 10, and Odane, 11, were busy briefing their constituents on what they had achieved since being elected as MPs. The pupils explained how they had helped to raise cash to get some treatment for a six-year-old who had suffered a stroke. Now they were turning their attention to introducing the concept of fair trade to their school tuck shop.
The current degree classifications could be consigned to the scrapheap, a government advisory group is due to announce later this week.
Hundreds of thousands of school-leavers are being failed by the Government’s apprenticeship drive, with too few places to fulfil demand, according to new research. Last year alone, there were 1.8 million applications for only 166,000 apprenticeships in England, leaving most with no hope of securing one.