Over the last 5 years there has been a decline of 14% in the number of arts GCSE entries from 720,438 in 2010, to 618,440 in 2015.
The number of pupils in year 11 (the year most students take GCSEs) fluctuates each year. In 2010 it was 565,660 and in 2015 it was 544,013, or a fall of 4%.
Art & Design and Music saw a slight recovery in 2015 compared to 2014, however the numbers in all subjects but Art & Design are still below 2010 levels and continue to cause concern.
|Arts subjects||2010||2015||% change 2010 to 2015|
|Art and Design subjects||188193||194637||3%|
|Design and Technology||287701||204788||-29%|
GCSE entries in Arts subjects 2010 to 2015
As a comparison the EBacc subjects of Geography and History have seen rises of 17% and 12% respectively in their entries since 2010.
All numbers from the Joint Council for qualifications annual results tables.
Student cohort numbers are from the Department for Education Schools, pupils and their characteristics statistical releases.
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