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Fewer pupils than ever taking English Alevel as careersavvy students favour employable

“There seems to be a shift towards subjects which have more… The number of 18-year-olds taking English has plummeted to 72,015, the lowest number since 2001 when the Joint Council for Qualifications’ records began. Barnaby Lenon, chair of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), said that the decline in English has been a “noticeable trend” in recent years, across both private and state schools. Fewer pupils than ever are taking English A-level as experts claim that career-savvy students now favour more “employable” subjects.  English remains one of the most popular A-levels, but last year its entries fell by 8.4 per cent, which is the biggest year-on-year decline the subject has seen in 17 years.

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