Commenting on the release today of Key Stage 3 results for 14 year-olds, Charlotte Moore-Bick, Senior Policy Adviser at the British Chambers of Commerce said:

"Whilst improvements in English, science and ICT are welcome, Maths and writing are crucial skills for employment and it is vital that 14 year-olds are on the right track for GCSEs and beyond.

"With only 46% of 16 year-olds achieving 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C in 2006, the minimum standard for basic productivity in the workplace, there is clearly a huge task ahead to raise achievement and ensure young people are equipped for life and work."