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Teachers: Qualifications

Question for Department for Education

UIN 2651, tabled on 3 July 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 14 January 2013, Official Report, column 533W, on teachers: qualifications, how many people have obtained each type of school-based qualification in (a) music, (b) drama, (c) theatre-studies and (d) art in each year since 2009-10.

Answered on

14 August 2017

The number and percentage of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 achieving[1] each type of school based qualification in (a) Music, (b) Drama, (c) Theatre studies and (d) Art for the years 2013/14 - 2015/16 are shown in the attached table. Drama and Theatre Studies are grouped together as part of the school performance tables and are therefore presented together in the data.

The percentages of the total GCSE cohort entered for each subject are included in the attached table. The GCSE cohort is defined as all pupils who entered at least one GCSE subject and consists of 603,305 pupils in 2013/14, 597,477 pupils in 2014/15 and 584,013 pupils in 2015/16.

Caution should be taken when interpreting the ‘percentage of GCSE cohort entered for Art/Music/Drama & Theatre Studies’. GCSE Art, Music and Drama & Theatre studies are categories comprising more than one subject and a pupil may have been entered for multiple subjects, whereas, the GCSE cohort figures relate to individual pupils. Therefore, this figure slightly over-estimates the number of pupils entering these subject areas.

Data for the years 2009/10 – 2012/13 are not provided because collating this information is complex due to changes in the school performance tables and a lack of published content prior to 2012[2], therefore producing this data would incur a disproportionate cost.

The number of entries to the requested subjects, and grades achieved, is published at school level as part of the ‘Key Stage 4 performance tables’ underlying data[2].

Caution should also be used when comparing this data with that provided on 14 January 2013, Official Report, column 533W[3] due to methodological changes in the intervening years.

[1] ‘Achievement’ (or a pass) has been defined as any result which does not count as a ‘Fail’ or ‘Ungraded’ for that particular qualification. For more information on the grading structures in place for the different qualifications noted, see the Ofqual register:

[2] This data is available for download from: by selecting the year you require and downloading ‘Key stage 4 qualification and subject data’ for that year.