The school system in the UK needs to be radically overhauled so that young people are able to achieve their full potential.
This is according to a new report released by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which stated that too often pupils are not challenged as much as they could be.
According to the body, the issue of performance has been narrowed too much, so all of the focus is now placed on exams and league tables, rather than properly educating kids.
It pointed to the fact that between 2000 and 2009, the UK slipped from fourth to 16th in terms of science and eighth to 28th in maths in international league tables
CBI Director-General John Cridland stated one of the most "exciting challenges" currently facing the country is getting the next generation to be successful.
"By teaching to the test, too many young people's individual needs are not being met and they are being failed by the system," he added.
Mr Cridland observed the government has started to reform the sector in a positive manner, but more still needs to be done.