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Computing GCSE Uptake

As students received their GCSE results yesterday, it was revealed that the number of students taking computing at GCSE has more than doubled from 17,000 last year.

The results found that the exam entries for science, technology, engineering and maths subjects jumped 78,000 compared to last year.

This was the first year that computing has officially been part of the UK national curriculum, since the government said schools would be required to teach computing to students instead of ICT with the aim to introduce children to computational thinking from an early age.

Engineering was up 37.4%, science up 5.5% and maths up 3.4%, and the number of girls taking STEM subjects increased by more than 30,000.

Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary, said: "Today marks the culmination of years of hard work for pupils, teachers and parents and I want to congratulate them on their achievements.

"Thanks to our reforms focused on extending opportunity, a generation of young people from all backgrounds are now securing the GCSEs that help give them the widest range of options later in life - whether looking for a rewarding job or a top apprenticeship. This not only benefits the students involved, it means our workforce for the future is properly trained to compete in a global economy."

Katja Hall, CBI deputy director general said: "The huge leap in numbers of those studying computing is the icing on the cake.

Digital skills are essential in the modern world and economy, and for keeping the UK at the forefront of technological innovations. However, the fact that less than one in five computing students are women means we are missing out on a huge pool of digital talent."

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