To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Nash on 27 November (HL Deb, col 1094), (1) what is the source of the figures about key stage 4 examination entries; (2) what is the numerical breakdown of entries for each subject; and (3) for (a) music, (b) art and design, and (c) drama, which examinations are included in the category “all key stage 4 exams”.
The source of the key stage 4 (KS4) examination entries is the 2012/13 KS4 performance tables data. The numerical breakdown for each subject is as follows:
|2010||2011||2012||2013||% change 2010-2013|
|Art and Design||194,276||192,542||196,202||202,091||4%|
Entry level, GCSE, vocational GCSE, iGCSE, national vocational qualifications (NVQ), vocationally related qualifications (VRQ), Business and Technical Education (BTEC) and OCR national qualifications are included in the “all key stage 4 examinations” category.
The 2014 figures relating specifically to GCSEs, quoted at the end of my answer, were based on data which was published by Ofqual in May 2014.