EBacc subjects see spike in up-take

Performance tables
Take-up of history and science GCSEs is at its highest for 20 years as a result of the English Baccalaureate league table measure.

A snapshot survey has shown that 49 per cent of year 9 students are now choosing a full set of EBacc subjects for GCSE, compared to 22 per cent in 2010.

The findings are not surprising given the importance that the government has placed on its EBacc measure. Ministers this week heralded the end to a “damaging drift” away from the EBacc subjects.

Individually, the study of 600 teachers in state-maintained schools found a 13 per cent increase in those taking double science GCSE, from 46 to 59 per cent, while language GCSEs are up 11 points, from 43 to 54 per cent.

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