Dear Department for Education,
I wish to understand the extent that school budget cuts have affected the breadth & range of subjects offered at GCSE, across England & Wales.
Please can you tell me by individual secondary school every subject which was being offered as an option at GCSE level 7 years ago & what subjects are now being offered in the 2019 academic year.
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Dear Mrs Campbell
Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2019-0015877.
Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288
Dear Mrs Campbell,
Thank you for your email received on 23^rd April 2019, reference number:
2019-0015877, your request was as follows:
“I wish to understand the extent that school budget cuts have affected the
breadth & range of subjects offered at GCSE, across England & Wales.
Please can you tell me by individual secondary school every subject which
was being offered as an option at GCSE level 7 years ago & what subjects
are now being offered in the 2019 academic year.”
I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
The Department for Education produces attainment statistics on England
only. The responsibility for education statistics in Wales lies with the
devolved administration. Details of how to access Welsh data is available
on the following website:
Under section 21 of the Act, the department is not required to provide
information in response to a request if it is already reasonably
accessible to you.
The department does not collect information on which subjects are offered
by individual schools or how many pupils/students take those classes and
these numbers cannot be calculated from the information the department
However, the department collects information on the number of exam entries
into each subject there are in each school, this can be used as a proxy
measure. Please be aware that there may be some pupils who study a subject
but do not enter any exams in it, or schools that offer a subject but have
no students entering exams in it in a particular year. You can download
this information for each school and college in England from the following
Step 1: Click on the link:
Step 2: Click ‘Download data (1991-2018)’
Step 3: Year required: Pick the year (2011/12 is the earliest year with
figures for entries by school level)
Step 4: Click ‘All of England’
Step 5 (Data type): You need to select “Key stage 4 qualification and
subject data ” (by ticking the box next to it).
Step 6 (Downloads): Select “Data in XLS format” to download the file.
Once you have accessed the file you require, you can then find the number
of schools that have at least one pupil/student entering each subject.
You can then filter this file by local authority, institution type,
qualification, subject, and grade. The metadata tab explains in detail
each of the qualification worksheets and their contents.
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.
If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should
make a complaint to the Department by writing to me within two calendar
months of the date of this letter. Your complaint will be considered by
an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original
consideration of your request.
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the
Department, you may then contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Gideon Ovadia | Executive Officer,
Qualifications and Attainment Data (QuAD) team
School Performance Data Unit | Education Data Division | Data Directorate
| Operations Group
Department for Education | 1st Floor, Sanctuary Buildings, London SW1P 3BT
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