To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students (a) in total and (b) eligible for free school meals took GCSE Music in each year since 2010.
7 June 2018
The number of pupils, in state-funded schools, eligible for Free School Meals, at the end of Key Stage 4, who entered into GCSE (or equivalent) music, between 2012/13 – 2016/17 are provided in the table below:
Pupils entering GCSE Music
Free School Meal eligible pupils
All other pupils
Percentage of all pupils entering music
 Total number of entries include pupils who were absent, whose results are pending and results which are ungraded or unclassified.
 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 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-4-qualifications-discount-codes-and-point-scores.
 All figures are based on final data.
 Free School Meal (FSM) status is taken from the pupils census record for that academic year and indicates that they were eligible for FSM in at least one of the previous 6 academic years.
 Includes pupils whose FSM status was unknown.
 Data for periods prior to 2012/13 are not available.
 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.
 From 2014/15, early entry policy, under which only a pupil’s first attempt at a qualification is counted in performance measures, is extended to all subjects.