Investigate subject balance by educational stage, qualification, school type and year.
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This page allows you to explore common subject areas across different key stages, qualifications, school types and years. Here are a few simple examples that explore the uptake of physics:
- Physics shows more attrition than Chemistry and (especially) Biology when students move from Key Stage 4 to 16-18 study. This effect is driven mainly by girls. In fact, boys show the opposite trend.
- At every kind of school, even single-sex ones, girls slightly outnumber boys in Biology while boys heavily outnumber girls in Physics.
- Physics is more popular than Religious Studies at grammar schools, but less popular at non-selective state schools.
- Girls tend to outperform boys at GCSE Biology and Chemistry, but not Physics. In Mathematics, boys show a wider spread of attainment than girls.
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- Point scores are calculated using the DfE's scoring systems for GCSE and A/AS-levels. Other qualifications are not currently calculated.
- In line with DfE rules, certain small values have been rounded in order to protect student anonymity. This makes little difference to most analyses, but may sometimes result in anomalies where very low numbers are involved.
- Adding the number of pupils who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) to the number of those who are not usually gives a result that is somewhat lower than the total number of pupils. This is because the FSM status of some pupils is unknown.