Many more students in North East Hampshire studying core subjects

James Arbuthnot MP has welcomed the news that the number of students studying for core academic subjects has risen by nearly half, thanks to this Government’s English Baccalaureate.

In 2010 only 38.2 per cent of pupils in North East Hampshire studied for the EBacc, but this rose to 54.4 per cent in 2013, with 40 per cent per cent achieving the qualification, a rise of just over 36 per cent.

Pupils achieve the EBacc if they get a C or better in the core subjects of English, maths, history or geography, the sciences, and a language. These are the subjects most valued by universities and employers. This is the first year that the effects of the EBacc are fully reflected in the tables

James said today:

‘Under the last Labour Government the number of students sitting exams in these crucial academic subjects halved.

Thanks to this Government’s reforms, the number of young people in North East Hampshire studying the core subjects which will help them find a good job or university place has soared.

This is part of our long-term plan to create an education system that gives young people who want to work hard the skills they need to get on in life.’