Arts: Secondary Education

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of The Earl of Clancarty The Earl of Clancarty Crossbench

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”.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

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%
Drama 113,479 113,130 112,790 116,414 3%
Music 53,471 54,866 56,204 57,205 7%

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[1] in May 2014.

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