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Arts: GCSE

Question for Department for Education

UIN 60136, tabled on 16 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students in England in receipt of free school meals studied art at GCSE in each of the last six years.

Answered on

19 January 2017

The number of entries in art and design and music GCSEs[1] by pupils who are eligible for school meals in England from 2010/11 to 2015/16 (provisional) is provided in the table below.

[1] Discounting has been applied where pupils have taken the same subject more than once and only one entry is counted in these circumstances. Only the first entry is counted, in all subjects, in line with the early entry guidance).

Pupils at the end of key stage 4, state funded schools

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14[1]

2014/15[2]

2015/16[3]

GCSE art and design entries by pupils eligible for free school meals

18,038

17,966

20,061

22,107

22,942

21,268

GCSE Music entries by pupils eligible for free school meals

2,749

2,671

3,003

3,374

3,571

3,454

Please note that revised figures for the number of art and design and music entries are due to be published on 19th January 2017.

[1] In 2013/14, two major reforms were implemented which affect the calculation of key stage 4 performance measures data: 1) Professor Alison Wolf’s Review of Vocational Education recommendations which: restrict the qualifications counted; prevent any qualification from counting as larger than one GCSE; and cap the number of non-GCSEs included in performance measures at two per pupil, and 2) an early entry policy to only count a pupil’s first attempt at a qualification, in subjects counted in the English Baccalaureate.

[2] In 2014/15 and 2015/16, early entry policy, under which only a pupil’s first attempt at a qualification

is counted in performance measures, is extended to all subjects (see SFR main text).

[3] 2015/16 figures are provisional, all other figures are final

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