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Subject Teaching

Volume 124: debated on Monday 14 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a table showing the subjects taught in (a) state schools and (b) independent schools for the most recent period for which information is available.

The information is not available in precisely the form in which the hon. Member asks. But examinations attempted by fifth formers in secondary schools give an indication of the breadth and balance of the curriculum pursued by individual pupils. The following figures show the examinations attempted within the areas of the proposed national curriculum foundation subjects, for pupils at maintained and independent schools:

School Leavers 1985–86, England
Percentage attempting O Level/CSE in the curriculum area
Curriculum areas studiedMaintained schoolsIndependent schools
(E)nglish8595
(M)athematics8093
(S)cience16484
(T)echnology24021
(M)odern (L)anguages3778
(H)istory/(G)eography6180
(C)reative (A)rts33432
E M7892
E M S6081
E M S T2314
E M S ML3168
E M S HG4768
E M S CA2226
E M S T ML810
E M S T HG1712
E M S T CA74
E M S ML HG2558
E M S ML CA1121
E M S HG CA1721
E M S T ML HG69
E M S T ML CA22
E M S ML HG CA817
Source: School leavers survey.
1 Science includes physics, chemistry and biology.
2Technology includes craft, design and technology and other sciences.
3 Creative arts includes art and music.