One of the UK's leading industry bodies has called for more "rebel" teachers who will rail against the "cult of the average" that has gripped UK education.
According to the CBI, there is currently too much focus on tests and exam league tables, at the expense of actually preparing children for their future careers.
The Independent reports that John Cridland, director-general of the organisation that represents British employers, said the best teachers are those who "rebel against the system" by allowing greater levels of creativity in the classroom.
He was speaking at the opening of the CBI's annual conference, and said that the most able students are no longer being stretched by the education system, while those most in need are not receiving the support they require.
The organisation has been considering ways of improving education for some time now, given that it feels the current system is at least partially responsible for the growing skills gap that is developing in the UK, particularly in areas such as science, engineering and technology.
Posted by Harriet McGowan