MP welcomes news that many more students in Rochester and Strood studying core subjects

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Mark Reckless MP takes questions from Sixth Form students at Rochester Grammar School

Local MP, Mark Reckless has welcomed the news that the number of students studying for core academic subjects has risen by 86 per cent thanks to this Government’s English Baccalaureate.

In 2010 only 15.2 per cent of pupils in Rochester and Strood studied for the EBacc, but this rose to 23.8 per cent in 2013, with 21.4 per cent achieving the qualification, a rise of 81.4%.

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.

Mark Reckless MP commented:

‘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 Rochester and Strood 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.’

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