Gordon has praised the results of GCSE students in Blackpool, describing the Maths and English results as “excellent”.

He said: “I want to congratulate Blackpool students for all the hard work they have put into their GCSEs – and to thank their teachers , schools and families for their support and encouragement in the run up to what are now increasingly GCSE results based on one year’s exams. It’s encouraging to see some really excellent results in English and Maths across Blackpool and the Fylde – reflecting the solid achievements of both secondary students and their schools and colleges.

“But it’s important to remember that GCSEs are not just part of a conveyor belt to A levels and university. Whatever people’s results have been there are a range of possibilities they should consider as well as A-levels – BTECs and other practical qualifications as well as the increasingly important range of Apprenticeships, plus other options to gain qualifications while in work or training.

“I am concerned, as are others, that the narrowly exam based system which this Government is now bringing in should not crowd out at GCSE level creative subjects like music, art, design and technology – as well as languages – all of which in the future digital world of work can lead to good skills, jobs and careers. These are all areas where Blackpool students can shine as well and show the entrepreneurial spirit for which we have been distinguished through the town’s history.”

You can read a round up of the Blackpool GCSE results on the Gazette website.

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