Fylde MP welcomes new education figures

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed the news that more students in Fylde are studying the core academic subjects 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, 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.

Since 2010 there has been a 258% increase in the number of students in Fylde taking a GCSE in these subjects, meaning 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 1.75 million more people in work since 2010 and university applications are at a record high, further evidence that the Conservatives’ are securing a better future for Britain.

Mr Menzies commented: “Young people in Fylde deserve the very best start in life. That means they need good quality, rigorous exams which help them gain the skills they need to succeed.

“That’s why it is great news that the action the government has taken to improve standards in our schools is paying off locally, and that young people Fylde are taking up the subjects which will  help them find a good job or university place.

Mr Menzies went on to say: “This increase will also come as welcome news to many of Fylde’s local businesses, particularly those in the advanced manufacturing sector, who will be able to recruit from a greater pool of skilled students.

“The Conservatives are working hard to secure a better future for Britain and a crucial part of that is delivering the best schools and skills for young people in Fylde. These new figures show that plan is working, and we need to stick to it so that even more young people in our area can gain the skills they need to get on in life.”

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