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Decrease in the number of students taking GCSE Dance

31 Aug 2016

We can now report that the number of candidates who took GCSE Dance this year fell by 9% compared to last year and by 32% compared to 2010, when the EBacc was first announced.

These are the figures since 2010:

Year Number GCSE Dance Candidates % increase/ decrease on the previous year
2015/16 10,762 -9%
2014/15 11,865 -3%
2013/14 12,200 +3%
2012/13 11,856 -6%
2011/12 12,592 -6%
2010/11 13,443 -15%
2009/10 15,884
 

The over-all cohort size for GCSEs does fluctuate each year. Since 2009/10 pupil numbers have decreased by 6%.

GCSE Dance Students from the BRIT School at Bacc for the Future gathering. Photo by Brian Slater

GCSE Dance Students from the BRIT School at Bacc for the Future gathering. Photo by Brian Slater

“Dance is still a very popular activity for young people and in fact we saw an increase in the number of youth dance groups applying to take part in the U.Dance national festival this year. However, the trend in GCSE Dance numbers is very worrying and we are working with teachers, the Cultural Learning Alliance and the Bacc for the Future Campaign to advocate for dances’ place in school and specifically within the range of Key Stage 4 qualifications that schools offer.”

Claire Somerville, Head of Children & Young People’s Dance, One Dance UK

 

AQA GCSE Figures for exams taken in June 2016: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/over/stat_pdf/AQA-GCSE-FC-STATISTICS-JUNE-2016.PDF