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GCSE Maths and English Still a Priority for Tresham


Tresham is continuing to provide English and Maths GCSE to young people and adults who are not studying full time courses at the college, bucking the trend emerging across the county.

According to new government statistics revealed yesterday, in 2009-10, about 1 in 3 young people had not gained a grade A* to C in English by the age of 16. Of these a further 15% decided to re-take the GCSE after 16 which saw approximately half achieve a grade C. The figures are similar for maths.

These figures follow a recent report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that said literacy and numeracy rates of England’s 16 – 24 year olds were amongst the lowest in the developed world.

Schools Minister, David Laws said in a statement published by the BBC:

“English and Maths are what employers demand before all other subjects – if young people want to get on in life, they must be able to show they have good literacy and numeracy. These figures expose the vast number of young people allowed to give up these subjects after so nearly achieving the level employers demand.”

Tresham has a well-established GCSE re-sit programme which sees young people and adults attend evening classes around other study either at the college or from other schools and employment. This will continue despite the decision by the government to limit funding for specific individuals who are not studying at the education provider full time due to Tresham’s commitment to ensuring Northamptonshire has young people and adults trained with the skills required by employers.

Principal, Stuart Wesselby said:

“I am pleased to be able to highlight how we, at Tresham, are continuing to offer our provision for young people and adults to re-sit their GCSEs in Maths and English following a number of cases of individuals who had been advised that they couldn’t study elsewhere due to the recent changes in funding rules.
Recent studies have proved just how important it is for colleges across the country to provide this vital second chance for people who may not have done so well in their first attempt at GCSE Maths and English.”

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