- Overall GCSE entries in November 2017 exam series in England (67,985) fell by 19% compared to 2016.
- Entries in GCSE English saw a 29% increase – growing from 25,610 in 2016 to 32,970.
- Entries in mathematics entries decreased by 41% from 58,840 in 2016 to 34,790.
- The majority (87%) of entries in maths were made for the foundation tier paper and the remaining (13%) entered for the higher paper.
- All entries for the November GCSE are from year 12 and above – year 11 students are no longer allowed to enter the November examination series.
- Year 12 entries remain stable, with a drop of less than 1% from 43,850 in 2016 to 43,650 in 2017 whereas year 13 and above entries have seen a bigger drop of 38% to 24,285 in 2017.
This report presents data on entries for GCSEs in England. Reports published in previous years included data for learners in Wales and Northern Ireland as well. As such, historical figures in this year’s report reflect data for England and may differ from previously published figures.
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