Arts: GCSE

Department for Education written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Ben Bradley Ben Bradley Conservative, Mansfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many GCSE entries for arts subjects there were from students in Mansfield constituency in each of the last five years.

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

The number and proportion of entries by pupils at the end of key stage 4 into GCSE[1] Arts subjects[2] in Mansfield[3] from 2013-14 to 2017-18[4] are provided in the table below, alongside the number of entries by pupils at the end of key stage 4 into all GCSE subjects in Mansfield.







Number entries into GCSE Arts






Number of entries into all GCSE subjects






% of pupils entered into any Arts subject






Source: Revised key stage 4 attainment data

[1] Includes GCSE and equivalents.

[2] For the purposes of these figures arts subjects include Applied Art and Design, Art and Design, Drama, Media/Film/TV, Music, Dance and Performing Arts. As per table 1c of the national tables here:

[3] Defined as pupils at the end of key stage 4 attending a school within the Mansfield parliamentary constituency.

[4] For pupils at the end of key stage 4 with results that count in key stage 4 performance tables

[5] In 2013/14, two major reforms were implemented which affect the calculation of key stage 4 performance measures data: 1) Professor Alison Wolf’s Review of Vocational Education recommendations which: restrict the qualifications counted; prevent any qualification from counting as larger than one GCSE; and cap the number of non-GCSEs included in performance measures at two per pupil, and 2) an early entry policy to only count a pupil’s first attempt at a qualification, in subjects counted in the English Baccalaureate. Consequently, the numbers supplied prior to 2013/14 are not directly comparable with those from 2013/14 onwards.

[6] In 2014/15, early entry policy, under which only a pupil’s first attempt at a qualification is counted in performance measures, was extended to all subjects.

[7] New reformed 9-1 GCSEs in Arts subject counted in key stage 4 performance tables for the first time in 2017/18. Once a reformed subject is included in performance tables, their unreformed counterparts no longer count, even if this was an early entry.

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