A study conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that in 2020 there were almost 7,000 more pupils attending GCES than there were pupils attending CELTs.
The new figures come on the back of a major increase in the number of GCSE students taking up places in the secondary school sector, with just over 4,000 pupils going to GCSE in 2020, up from just over 3,000 in 2020.
This figure will continue to rise as more and more students are accepted to the GCSE.
The new findings also show that the number attending GCETS in 2020 is still at the lowest level since the introduction of the GCPS in 1999.
According to the ONS, the number enrolled in the GCETs has been stable for the past 10 years, but this is a result of the large number of pupils in the new entry system.
The majority of pupils were able to enrol in the CELTS this year, and many of them are taking up GCET places.
There were more than 11,000 new entrants to the entry system in 2020 compared to the year before, which was a 6% increase, according to the Office of National Statistics.
These figures show that in the past decade the number entering the GCES is a reflection of the fact that pupils have been able to access the new entrance system.
This was the case for the first time in the country, with nearly 10,000 entries, up nearly 10% from 10,100 the year prior.
In 2020, the Government’s new entry policy meant that the average age of entry to the exam increased by three years from 21 to 23 years, from 25 to 26 years.
This increase is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
More than 4,300 pupils were accepted to GCETS this year compared to 6,500 the year previous, and the average number of entries was 4.2, up slightly from 4.1.
However, there were fewer pupils accepted to CELETS this time last year.
The number of CELT pupils accepted increased by just over 1% to 2,600, which is still down on the previous year, when there were over 3.3 million entries.
A further increase in enrolment for CELTTs was driven by a surge in the numbers taking up entry to other higher education institutions.
Of the more than 1,000 additional students taking place this year at these institutions, 1,700 took up entry at higher education level, according the ONs figures.
Another significant increase in numbers taking place in higher education was seen in the year following the introduction, when the number taken up by CELCTs in 2020 increased by more than 5% to 5,500.
One reason for the increased enrolment in higher learning is the government’s decision to open the University of London, which will be the largest university in the UK in 2019.
This means there are more students taking part in the system in 2019, with over 1,400 entries.
The increase in entry to higher education is a major change to the way in which the entrance system works, with more students choosing to take up places at higher levels of education.
Despite the dramatic increase in student numbers entering higher education this year the Government has been careful not to give too much away.
“It’s clear that our reform of the higher education system is delivering benefits to the country and our economy.
We have made significant progress in bringing the sector in line with the latest trends in higher educational standards and outcomes,” said Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.
It’s hoped that these figures will help inform the future of the entrance exam and help the Government set out its priorities for the future.
The Government has also announced it is investing more than £300 million to ensure that there is “the best possible outcome for the next generation of learners”.
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Posted by The Daily Telegraph Education Policy Manager at the Department for Education, Peter Hoggart, on Thursday, 19 February 2018