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GCSE results point to success of EBacc

22/08/2013 Joanna
The latest GCSE results highlight an increase in pupils returning to academic subjects. 

Thousands of teenagers in England and Wales have received their GCSEs today (August 22nd) and figures from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) show there has been a rise in the number of GCSE entries in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects.

In order to secure the qualification, school children need to get GCSEs at grades A* to C in the core academic subjects - English, history or geography, two sciences, maths and a language.

This is the first year the impact of the EBacc - which was first offered in autumn 2010 and is designed to encourage pupils to study subjects viewed as valuable by employers and universities - can be properly measured.

According to the JCQ stats, entries into languages are at a five-year high, there are more history students than at anytime in the last 16 years and geography entrants have swelled to a nine-year high. 

Biology, chemistry and physics numbers have also received a significant boost, as students and their parents recognise the need to succeed in academic topics. 

Education minister Elizabeth Truss said: "Today's results show that the EBacc has not just arrested the decline in the study of academic subjects at GCSE - it is reversing it.

"It is very pleasing to see the increase in these important subjects - the ones that will keep pupils' options open in the future. I am particularly delighted to see a languages revival."

Ms Truss stated the EBacc gives youngsters the platform to go and compete with their peers from around the world thanks to the rigorous academic grounding they will have. 

The EBacc has managed to reverse a period of successive annual falls from 2002 in the number of entries to modern language. In 2004, modern languages became optional at key stage four. 

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