The Royal Academy of Engineering, which promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the UK, said that this year’s GCSE results made encouraging reading for the engineering profession, but that further progress was needed.

Professor Matthew Harrison, Director, Education Programme Co-ordinator, at the Royal Academy of Engineering, said:

"A firm understanding of mathematics and the sciences are crucial for the study and practice of engineering. It is encouraging, therefore, that the number of entries for GCSE mathematics, additional mathematics, statistics, biology, chemistry and physics are all up in comparison to last year.

"It is also good that there has been an increase in performance in mathematics, with 55.2% of GCSE entries achieving grades A* - C, an increase of 0.9% on last year. However, the fact that approximately 45% of pupils did not manage to achieve grades A* - C shows that we still have much more to do in order to improve mathematics skills at GCSE level."

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