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Critical Thinking: Education

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils were entered for an AS level or higher examination in critical thinking in (a) maintained schools and (b) independent schools in each of the last five years. (257169)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: The information requested is in the following table.

Academic Year

Number of entries1 in A or AS level Critical Thinking in maintained schools2

Number of entries1 in A or AS- level Critical Thinking in independent schools

2003-04

5,865

1,249

2004-05

8,586

1,975

2005-06

12,569

2,498

2006-07

15,366

2,664

2007-08

14,789

2,150

1 Entries by 16-18 year olds

2 Figures for maintained schools do not include entries in further education colleges

Source:

Achievement and Attainment Tables