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History: General Certificate of Secondary Education

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of Key Stage 4 pupils took a GCSE course in history in each year from 1988 to 2007. (201140)

Figures relating to pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 are only readily available for the past three years:

Percentage of pupils at the end of the Key Stage 4 who attempted GCSE History

2004/05

32

2005/06

32

2006/07

31

Figures relating to 15-year-old pupils (age at start of academic year, i.e. 31 August) going back to 1993/94 are given as follows:

Percentage of 15-year-old pupils who attempted GCSE History

1993/94

390

1994/95

386

1995/96

358

1996/97

354

1997/98

329

1998/99

32.5

1999/2000

328

2000/01

324

2001/02

32.0

2002/03

313

2003/04

319

2004/05

31.8

2005/06

31 8

2006/07

309

Information for earlier years can be provided only at disproportionate cost.