New figures released by the government have revealed that thousands of pupils across England are missing out on the chance to take core subjects.
In a move that could lead to an increased demand for people to fill specialist teaching jobs, schools minister Nick Gibb has called on schools to make more lessons available to students so they do not miss out.
Following the Department for Education's (DfE) publication of more than a million pieces of data, the subjects and qualifications students are taking, or not, are now easy to see.
According to the figures, there were 137 schools in England that did not enter a single pupil for geography GCSE, while in 57 schools no student took a history GCSE.
The revelations could lead schools to recruit more people to fill humanities and language teacher jobs, with 219 schools found to be ignoring a French GCSE and 1,067 avoiding entering anyone for the equivalent qualification in Spanish.
Discussing the figures, Mr Gibb said: "We have published even more data, which until last year was kept secret, so that parents can see what is happening in our schools.
"These core subjects are the stepping stone to higher education and employment. But far too many schools simply aren't giving their pupils the opportunity to study them."
He added that through the continuing take-up of the EBacc, more pupils now have the opportunity to study a diverse range of core academic subjects at GCSE level.
Mr Gibb said that the DfE was committed to creating more good schools through the Academies programme, while also recruiting the top graduates to teacher training courses to improve the quality of the education system.
The figures also reveal how successful pupils from Chinese and Indian backgrounds are in English and maths than their peers, while demonstrating that the gender gap remains – with girls outperforming boys.
Some 61.9 per cent of girls achieve five or more A* to C grades in their GCSEs, compared to 54.6 per cent of boys.
Posted by Tim Colman