All state pupils must take five tough GCSEs

EVERY pupil will be expected to sit at least five “hard” GCSEs to increase the number of state-educated students at the best universities and in the top professions, the government has said.

Under the plans, pupils starting secondary school this autumn will be expected to take maths, English, a foreign language, history or geography and at least one science subject when they begin their GCSE courses in 2018.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, said: “I want every child — 100% of children starting school in September — to be entered for these core academic subjects which evidence shows sets every child up for life.

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