James Brokenshire has welcomed news that more students in Old Bexley & Sidcup are studying the core academic subjects under the Government's EBacc programme, which will help them to get the best start in life.
The new English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is awarded when students achieve A* to C in five core GCSE subjects, including English Maths, Science, the Humanities and Languages - the courses that universities and employers value the most. New figures show that the EBacc is encouraging more young people in our area to study the core academic subjects.
177.9% more students are now taking a GCSE in these subjects across our excellent range of schools in Old Bexley & Sidcup, meaning that they are gaining the skills they need to get a good job or go on to further study.
These figures follow news that there are now 1.85million more people in work since 2010 and university applications are at a record high, demonstrating the important difference a rigorous and well-rounded education makes to securing the future of our young people.
Commenting following publication of the figures, James said:
"Encouraging young people to undetake the EBacc helps secure their future by giving them a grounding in core subjects like Enlgish, Maths Science and Languages. Combined with the work we have done to make exams more rigorous and curricula more well-rounded, this is restoring employers' faith in the British qualification system and bettering the chances of students in Old Bexley & Sidcup and across the country too."