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Learning about work motivates higher GCSE results.

Learning about work motivates higher GCSE results.

Teenagers taught about the world of work are more motivated to get higher GCSE results, say researchers.

A careers charity study found pupils who heard directly from employers about the realities of getting a job went on to get better grades.

It also seemed to provide the incentive for increased revision.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds says it shows the value of telling students how subjects taught in school are "relevant in later life".

The research, on behalf of the Education and Employers charity, examined the progress of a group of about 650 secondary school pupils in England in the year before their GCSEs - with some given careers talks and meetings with employers.

    

'Authentic' influence

Those pupils who had careers sessions with employers, and had seen the direct implications of their exams, were slightly more likely to exceed predicted GCSE grades, says the study.

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