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News - 11 October 2013

Thousands fail in GCSE English and Maths.

New figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveal that thousands of teenagers in England do not have at least a C-grade at GCSE in English and maths by the time they are 18.

The statistics, which have been published for the first time, , show that in 2009-10, about one in three young people (220,000) had not gained a grade A* to C in English by the age of 16. Of these, about 34,000 (15%), went on to re-take the GCSE after 16. About half of those then got at least a C.

The figures are similar for maths.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“The figures show that most of the candidates who do not get a good grade in these key subjects by 16 then drop them, but from now on, all teenagers will have to continue studying maths and English if they do not get at least a C-grade.”

Schools minister David Laws said: "English and maths are what employers demand before all other subjects - if young people want to get on in life, they must be able to show they have good literacy and numeracy.

The figures come days after a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said literacy and numeracy rates of England's 16- to 24-year-olds were among the lowest in the developed world.

Under changes introduced last month, teenagers now have to stay in some form of education or training until they are 17, although this may be work-based.

Ministers say they are writing to 12 local councils who are not tracking whether 16- to 18-year-olds are in education or training.

New figures show that nationally, 88% of 16- and 17-year-olds were in education or training in June, up 1% on 2012.

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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