FOI release

GCSE history and geography provision in secondary schools in England

The percentage of secondary schools in England that provide GCSE history and/or geography.

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  • Date requested: 21 January 2013
  • Date responded: 15 February 2013

Request

On your website you state:

One of the intentions behind the English Baccalaureate is to ensure that history and geography remain an option at key stage 4. Too many schools are simply not offering the opportunity to study these subjects. The English Baccalaureate is designed to reverse the decline in these subjects, whilst leaving room in the curriculum for pupils to study compulsory subjects and a suitable range of options.

Could you please provide the percentage of secondary schools in England who:

  • offer neither GCSE history or geography
  • offer GCSE history but not geography
  • offer GCSE geography but not history
  • offer both GCSE geography and history

If you do not hold the information in this form then please provide the information that you used as evidence to make your statement which I have quoted above.

Response

The table below shows the number and percentage of state-funded schools with/without pupils sitting full GCSEs in geography or history.

Years: 2008-2012 (figures for 2012 are revised, all other years are final).

Coverage: England (state-funded mainstream schools).

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Number of schools no full GCSE geography 111 143 138 139 137
-of which do have full GCSE history 74 97 95 107 114
Percentage of schools no full GCSE geography 4% 5% 5% 5% 5%
Number of schools no full GCSE history 74 71 71 58 43
-of which do have full GCSE geography 37 25 28 26 20
Percentage of schools no full GCSE history 2% 2% 2% 2% 1%
Number of schools no full GCSE geography or history 37 46 43 32 23
Percentage of schools no Full GCSE geography or history 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Number of schools with full GCSE geography and history 2,944 2,916 2,892 2,873 2,867
Percentage of schools with full GCSE geography and history 95% 95% 95% 95% 95%

This table shows exam entries by school and subject as an indicator of what subjects were on offer – ie where a school has no exam entries in GCSE geography and/or history, it is highly likely that they are not offering that GCSE as an option.

The figures provided do not show entry numbers, which in some schools may be very low.

More information about the proportion of pupils entered for GCSE geography and history are available in the revised statistical first release academic year 2011 to 2012.