In a letter from a Tory MP recently in reply to questions about the EB was the statement "less than fifteen per cent of those eligible to take geography [GCSE] did so".
So, I wondered about this and where this 15% of those came from. Using the Maths entries for 2010 as a benchmark of total entries, since just about everyone is entered for a Maths GCSE we get the following for Full Course GCE entries:
Geog 25.5% of candidates (UK) and 25.1% (England)
History 29% (UK) and 28.6% (England)
Maybe this MP needs to redo his Maths GCSE?
This MP also stated in response to the Early Day Motion that is gathering signatures re: the place of RE in the EB that "the motion you refer to is not going to be called for debate" - an interesting insight into the principles of democracy.