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Harlow MP praises number of Harlow students taking academic subjects

Politics / Thu 12th Mar 2015 pm31 02:36pm

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has praised the news that more students in Harlow 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 the local area to study the core academic subjects.

Since 2010, Harlow has seen an outstanding 432% increase in the number of students now taking a GCSE in these subjects. Combined with the figures for existing core subject students, the statistics are even more impressive, with a massive 506% more students now achieving the EBacc compared to in 2010. These results are among the best in the country, and mean that more young people are gaining the valuable skills they need to get a good job or go on to further education.

This is further good news for a town that is already seeing huge improvements in its education. For example, there has been a 106% rise in apprenticeships in the town, and the opening of the new University Technical College to provide training for 14-19 year olds. Mr Halfon campaigned to secure £10 Million of funding needed to complete the project, which opened its doors to its first students in September 2014.

Robert Halfon commented:

I am absolutely committed to the young people of Harlow, and will work tirelessly to provide access to the very best in training and education. A 508% increase in students achieving the English Baccalaureate is amazing, and will equip our young people with the skills they need for the future.

Sadly, under the last Labour Government, we saw employers losing faith in exam grades and a lack of options for young people who wanted to take vocational rather than academic courses. I have worked hard to rectify this through my vocal support for apprenticeships and securing funding for the new University Technical College.

I will continue to fight for younger generation in Harlow at every opportunity, so that even more young people in our area can gain the skills they need to get on in life.

I believe this all ties in with the Conservative’s long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain and a crucial part of that is delivering the best schools and skills for young people in. 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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