Punjabi Language: Qualifications:Written question - 52928

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 15 November 2016
Department for Education
Punjabi Language: Qualifications
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students took (a) a GCSE and (b) an AS/A2 Level in Panjabi in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 24 November 2016

It is not possible to identify pupils entered for Mandarin Chinese from data held by the Department. The Department does hold information on the number of entries into GCSE Chinese which includes Mandarin Chinese and other Chinese subjects, including Cantonese.

The time series for the number of GCSE entries in Italian, Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Bengali, Chinese, Turkish, Urdu, Polish and Panjabi for the last 5 years in England is given in the table below.

GCSE language subjects

GCSE entries

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Bengali

961

1,002

1,025

902

796

Chinese

2,307

2,341

2,830

3,286

3,700

Italian

3,851

4,080

4,068

4,004

4,104

Modern Greek

308

366

466

478

479

Modern Hebrew

440

372

500

437

528

Panjabi

683

733

795

800

855

Polish

2,748

2,944

3,948

4,075

4,726

Turkish

1,277

1,326

1,535

1,570

1,621

Urdu

3,704

4,093

4,111

4,185

4,013

Pupils at the end of key stage 4

620,617

632,397

618,437

611,024

603,203

Source: Key stage 4 attainment data

1. Discounting has been applied where pupils have taken the same subject more than once and only one entry is counted in these circumstances. Only the first entry is counted, in all subjects, in line with the early entry guidance (see SFR main text).

2. 2015/16 figures are provisional, all other years are final.

3. In 2013/14, two major reforms were implemented which affect the calculation of key stage 4 performance measures data: i) 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 ii) an early entry policy to only count a pupil’s first attempt at a qualification, in subjects counted in the English Baccalaureate.

4. In 2014/15 and 2015/16, early entry policy, under which only a pupil’s first attempt at a qualification is counted in performance measures, is extended to all subjects (see SFR main text).

The time series for the number of AS and A level entries in Italian, Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Bengali, Chinese, Turkish, Urdu, Polish and Panjabi for the last 5 years in England is given in the table below.

AS level language subjects

AS level entries

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Bengali

27

26

33

23

33

Chinese

1,125

1,183

1,209

1,083

1,001

Italian

695

800

800

850

739

Modern Greek

49

51

59

37

48

Modern Hebrew

29

35

44

42

45

Panjabi

76

79

76

83

76

Polish

362

456

475

471

519

Turkish

270

326

425

435

397

Urdu

390

324

318

299

264

Source: 16-18 attainment data

A level language subjects

A level entries

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Bengali

28

33

25

34

34

Chinese

2,738

2,665

2,549

2,592

2,443

Italian

710

682

685

730

790

Modern Greek

71

77

98

87

97

Modern Hebrew

41

34

46

42

46

Panjabi

101

98

92

81

87

Polish

644

623

700

776

782

Turkish

342

393

407

467

520

Urdu

458

424

343

344

318

Source: 16-18 attainment data

Notes:

1. Covers examination results of students aged 16, 17 or 18 at the start of the academic year, i.e. 31 August 2015.

2. Figures for 2016 are provisional, figures for all other years are final.

3. From 2016, for A level, accountability purposes results are allocated to the provider where the student has enrolled to take their main programme of study, recorded in the school census or Individual Learner Record (ILR). The ILR has been used as additional data source from 2016, and this leads to very small differences in the student exam results included.

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