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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.

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Gove: 'Employers demand' key GCSE grades

Teenagers without C grades or higher in English and Maths will have to study for GCSEs in the subjects, but will be allowed to take other qualifications alongside them, said the Department for Education.

The English and Maths results of 16-19-year-olds who did not gain these key GCSEs will also be reported in annual school league tables, the department said.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said it was in the older teenagers best interest to remain in education to attain C grades, even if they were old enough to legally finish school.

Good qualifications in English and maths are what employers demand before all others. They are, quite simply, the most important vocational skills a young person can have. Young people must be able to demonstrate their understanding of these subjects.

– Education Secretary Michael Gove

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