English Baccalaureate

Department for Education written question – answered on 11th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Black of Brentwood Lord Black of Brentwood Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of GCSE pupils (1) entered, and (2) passed, the English Baccalaureate in (a) 2014, and (b) 2018.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The proportion of pupils entered for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and the proportion of pupils who achieved all components, can be found in the table below.

Proportion of pupils entered for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and the proportion of pupils who achieved all components

Pupils at end key stage 4[1] (All schools[2])

Pupils at end key stage 4[2] (State-funded schools[3])

2013/14

2017/18[4]

2013/14

2017/18[5]

Number of pupils

618,437

583,617

558,432

523,626

Percentage of pupils entered for the EBacc[5]:

36.3%

35.2%

38.7%

38.4%

Percentage of pupils who achieved all

components of the EBacc:

(grades A*-C/9-4)[5], [6]

22.9%

22.2%

24.2%

24.1%

Source: Key stage 4 and multi-academy trust performance 2018 (revised) series.[7]

[1] Including entries and achievements in previous academic years.

[2] All schools includes state-funded schools, independent schools, independent special schools, non-maintained special schools, hospital schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision. Alternative provision includes academy and free school alternative provision.

[3] State-funded schools include academies, free schools, city technology colleges, further education colleges with provision for 14 to 16 year-olds and state-funded special schools. They exclude independent schools, independent special schools, non-maintained special schools, hospital schools and alternative provision. Alternative provision includes academy and free school alternative provision.

[4] Figures for 2017/18 are revised, all other figures are final.

[5] As a percentage of pupils at the end of key stage 4.

[6] In 2013/14, where the English language and English literature option was chosen in EBacc English, exams in both had to be taken and a C grade or above achieved in English language. From 2017, following the introduction of the reformed 9 to 1 GCSEs in English, exams in both English Language and English Literature had to be taken and a grade 4 or above achieved in either subject. Further 9 to 1 reforms in New GCSEs in other EBacc subjects were phased in from September 2016.

[7] The full Key stage 4 and multi-academy trust performance 2018 (revised) series can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/772852/2018_National_tables.xlsx.

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