Arts: GCSE

Department for Education written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Party Chair, Labour Party, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of students eligible for free school meals have taken (a) art, (b) music and (c) drama GCSE in each of the last six years.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The table below provides information as requested for the proportion of students eligible for free school meals who have taken art, music and drama GCSE in each of the last six years.

Year

Number of FSM eligible students

Proportion of students who took GCSE Art and Design.

Proportion of students who took GCSE Drama.

Proportion of students who took GCSE Music.

2010/11

79,168

22.1

9.2

3.5

2011/12

80,194

21.3

9.2

3.3

2012/13

85,182

22.3

8.9

3.5

2013/14

80,629

26.6

9.9

4.2

2014/15

76,466

29.1

10.2

4.7

2015/16

72,528

28.5

9.7

4.8

Source: Key Stage 4 attainment data

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