I want to congratulate all students receiving their A-Level and BTEC results this week.
A-Level entries were higher than expected, with a significant increase in the number of students studying STEM subjects. Entries have increased for both boys and girls, with an overall rise of 26.2 per cent since 2010. More girls are now studying science subjects than boys, with overall entries up by 7.4 per cent.
These qualifications will equip this generation with the skills the country needs. Boris Johnson has vowed to support students, by improving funding for education and to give schools the powers they need to deal with bad behaviour and bullying so that pupils can learn.
The Government has also committed to focus much more attention on providing great apprenticeships for all those who do not go to university
I know how hard students and teachers across Pendle have worked - and it’s wonderful to see this paying off. They should feel proud of their achievements. Thanks to this Conservative Government’s reforms, more young people are gaining the skills that this country needs. BTECs, apprenticeships and the new A-Levels are providing the best possible preparation for further study and the world of work. I welcome Boris Johnson’s commitment to keep investing in our schools by increasing funding per pupil across the country, to ensure every child gets the world-class education they deserve.
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: “Receiving you’re a-Level results is a huge day for all involved so I want to congratulate pupils, parents and teachers on all their hard work.
“I’m delighted to see more pupils choosing science-related subjects. This is encouraging particularly as we look to boost science in this country and the skills we’ll need in the future.
“Overall the reforms we’ve put in place since 2010 and increasing rigour in our schools are giving pupils more opportunities.”