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Language Learning

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many GCSE pupils in (a) England and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire studied a foreign language in each of the last nine years; and if he will make a statement; (81445)

(2) how many A-level pupils in (a) England and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire studied a foreign language in each of the last nine years; and if he will make a statement.

Figures for the number of pupils who were entered for a GCSE foreign language in (a) England and (b) East Riding of Yorkshire in each of the last nine years are given in the following table.

15-year-old pupils1 entered for a GCSE foreign language2

Number

England

East Riding of Yorkshire

1996/97

434,054

3,471

1997/98

442,130

3,427

1998/99

499,897

3,325

1999/2000

454,574

3,530

2000/01

468,487

3,588

2001/02

456,805

3,547

2002/03

449,376

3,551

2003/04

430,397

3,429

2004/05

365,320

2,854

Figures for the number and percentage of pupils who achieved grade A*-C in a GCSE foreign language are given in the following table.

15-year-old pupils1 achieving grade A*-C in a GCSE foreign language2

England

East Riding of Yorkshire

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

1996/97

201,266

46

1,420

41

1997/98

204,683

46

1,559

45

1998/99

219,314

44

1,504

45

1999/2000

220,544

49

1,661

47

2000/01

231,884

49

1,700

47

2001/02

228,372

50

1,621

46

2002/03

214,336

48

1,342

38

2003/04

218,039

51

1,359

40

2004/05

210,895

58

1,653

58

Figures for the number and percentage of pupils who achieved grade A*-G in a GCSE foreign language are given in the following table.

15-year-old pupils1 achieving grade A*-G in a GCSE foreign language2

England

East Riding of Yorkshire

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

1996/97

418,977

97

3,337

96

1997/98

434,701

98

3,379

99

1998/99

445,061

89

3,288

99

1999/2000

447,319

98

3,478

99

2000/01

460,725

98

3,554

99

2001/02

449,451

98

3,497

99

2002/03

439,066

98

3,502

99

2003/04

421,496

98

3,379

99

2004/05

360,528

99

2,828

99

1 Pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year, i.e. 31 August. 2 Maintained institutions only.

2004/05 GCSE examinations saw the first pupils for whom modern foreign languages were not compulsory.

Figures for the number of pupils who were entered for an A-level foreign language in (a) England and (b) East Riding of Yorkshire in each of the last nine years are given in the following table.

Pupils entered for an A-level foreign language

Number

England1

East Riding of Yorkshire2

1996/97

41,750

181

1997/98

36,568

155

1998/99

34,484

145

1999/2000

30,997

142

2000/01

30,905

123

2001/02

28,252

116

2002/03

27,475

91

2003/04

27,052

85

2004/05

26,665

98

Figures for the number of pupils who achieved an A-E grade in at least one A-level foreign language are given as follows, and are given as a proportion of all candidates entered for an A-level foreign language.

Pupils entered for an A-level foreign language

England1

East Riding of Yorkshire2

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

1996/97

37,200

89

151

83

1997/98

33,606

92

131

85

1998/99

31,883

92

118

81

1999/2000

28,763

93

120

85

2000/01

28,673

93

103

84

2001/02

27,439

97

113

97

2002/03

26,848

98

87

96

2003/04

26,540

98

81

95

2004/05

26,222

98

98

100

1 All schools. 2 Maintained institutions only.