285,000 failed to attain good English and maths grades

According to the Department of Education, last year in England and Wales:

  • Among 19-year-olds, 285,000 left school at age 16 without a C or higher in both English and Maths GCSE.
  • 255,000 had still not achieved their C grade in those two subjects by the time they reached 19.
  • Only one fifth of teenagers (21%) who had not reached a C grade continued to study English, while 23% continued to pursue Maths.

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Maths GCSE for over-16s

Teenagers who fail to get at least a C grade in their English and maths GCSEs will have to continue studying these subjects past the age of 16, ministers have announced.