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League Tables

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of 15-year-olds (a) took and (b) achieved A*-C in at least one course within the entitlement area as defined by section 85A of the Education Act 2002 of (i) arts, (ii) design and technology, (iii) humanities and (iv) modern foreign languages in each year since 1997. (117405)

The available information is shown in the tables.

The information for the proportion attempting and gaining grades A*-C at GCSE in modern foreign languages is available only at a disproportionate cost. This is because it would involve calculating how many pupils took and achieved grades A*-C in at least one modern foreign language. The data readily available only consider the number of attempts by all pupils and the number of these to achieve grades A*-C, meaning that there would be double counting for pupils that took more than one modern foreign language GCSE.

Information provided for Design and Technology, Humanities and Art and Design are classified as single subjects and therefore double counting does not apply.

GCSE and equivalent attempts and achievements, 1997 to 20061, 2 in England—Number of pupils

Design and Technology

Humanities

Art and Design

Modern Foreign Languages3

Number of pupils entered for GCSE

Number achieved grades A*-C

Number of pupils entered for GCSE

Number achieved grades A*-C

Number of pupils entered for GCSE

Number achieved grades A*-C

Number of pupils entered for GCSE

Number achieved grades A*-C

1996/97

138,396

63,332

36,067

14,793

194,666

116,178

485,810

248,669

1997/98

375,453

182,193

22,419

9,123

180,735

110,856

491,684

251,385

1998/99

395,155

198,420

20,393

8,586

183,157

117,134

499,451

264,782

1999/00

404,832

206,554

19,393

8,356

178,219

116,373

502,294

265,766

2000/01

416,015

214,539

20,495

8,719

180,627

118,196

517,780

278,722

2001/02

409,414

215,786

20,608

9,126

182,056

121,864

505,649

274,665

2002/03

414,324

222,927

18,856

8,179

186,968

126,132

497,938

260,057

2003/04

408,525

228,126

16,687

7,338

187,504

126,915

481,521

266,343

2004/05

365,559

210,408

14,887

6,643

184,812

128,009

411,318

254,802

2005/064

337,235

199,367

14,409

6,619

186,825

131,740

365,002

242,097

1 Including attempts and achievements in previous academic years.

2 Number of pupils on roll aged 15 at the start of the academic year.

3 Pupils who take more than one language will be double-counted.

4 Figures for 2005-06 are revised, all other figures are final.

GCSE and equivalent attempts and achievements, 1997 to 20061, 2 in England—Proportion of 15-year-olds

Design and Technology

Humanities

Art and Design

Modern Foreign Languages3

Number of pupils entered for GCSE as a proportion of all 15-year-olds

Number achieved grades A*-C as a proportion of all 15-year-olds

Number of pupils entered for GCSE as a proportion of all 15-year-olds

Number achieved grades A*-C as a proportion of all 15-year-olds

Number of pupils entered for GCSE as a proportion of all 15-year-olds

Number achieved grades A*-C as a proportion of all 15-year-olds

Number of pupils entered for GCSE as a proportion of all 15-year-olds

Number achieved grades A*-C as a proportion of all 15-year-olds

1996/97

24

11

6

3

33

20

n/a

n/a

1997/98

65

32

4

2

31

19

n/a

n/a

1998/99

68

34

4

1

32

20

n/a

n/a

1999/00

70

36

3

1

31

20

n/a

n/a

2000/01

69

36

3

1

30

20

n/a

n/a

2001/02

67

36

3

2

30

20

n/a

n/a

2002/03

67

36

3

1

30

20

n/a

n/a

2003/04

63

35

3

1

29

20

n/a

n/a

2004/05

57

33

2

1

29

20

n/a

n/a

2005/064

52

31

2

1

29

20

n/a

n/a

n/a = Not available. Proportion of pupils attempting and gaining GCSEs in Modern Foreign Languages is not available due to double counting.

1 Including attempts and achievements in previous academic years.

2 Number of pupils on roll aged 15 at the start of the academic year.

3 Pupils who take more than one language will be double-counted so the proportion of all 15-year-olds has not been calculated.

4 Figures for 2005/06 are revised, all other figures are final.