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Number of pupils taking EBacc falls.

Number of pupils taking EBacc falls.

The number of teenagers taking the English Baccalaureate has fallen significantly for the first time as students turn their backs on languages. 

The EBacc has been championed by the Government since being established in 2010 by the former education secretary Michael Gove in a bid to reverse the "dumbing down" of GCSEs.

  In order to obtain the award, students must obtain five A*-C - or numeric 4-9 grades - in maths, English, the sciences, history or geography, and a language.

But figures published yesterday (THURS) have revealed that the proportion of GCSE students entering the EBacc has fallen to 38.1 per cent.

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