Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Only a Third of London Pupils Sit History GCSE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Only a Third of London Pupils Sit History GCSE

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Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent

ALMOST seven in 10 London teenagers left school last year without taking history GCSE, new figures show.

About 50,000 pupils in the capital's state schools did not take the exam, while almost 55,000 did not study geography.

The figures come amid fears that schools are entering students for "softer" subjects in a bid to boost their league table rankings.

For the first time the Government has published previously "hidden" exam results so that parents can see exactly which of the subjects are being taken by students in schools.

It lists GCSE results with "equivalent qualifications" such as Btecs stripped out, and reveals the number of pupils who passed five or more good GCSEs was lower than previously thought.

Information about teenagers who passed only "pure" GCSEs will now be published every year as part of a league table of new data. In London there are six state schools where no students took history GCSE, and 21 where no students sat geography. …

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