The government has cited recent A-level results as vindication of its policy to encourage youngsters to study more academic subjects.
There has been a significant rise in pupils taking subjects such as maths, computing and geography, partly as a result of the introduction of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), which ensures youngsters study them at both GCSE and A-level.
Overall, the number of entries in the facilitating subjects has risen by 13.3 per cent since 2010, with maths seeing a 20 per cent increase. Non-facilitating subjects such as general studies have declined by 12 per cent during the same time period.
Schools minister Nick Gibb congratulated pupils on their achievements, adding: "These results provide the clearest proof that the introduction of the EBacc and our drive to persuade more pupils to study core academic subjects has been a success."
The government also stated that its drive to encourage women to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects has been successful, resulting in 16,000 more STEM A-level entries for women.
Posted by Harriet McGowan