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Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average number of exams taken by (a) an 11-year-old, (b) a 14-year-old, (c) a 16-year-old and (d) an 18-year-old throughout their school career to that point was, in each year since 1997, broken down by local education authority. [110107]

All Local Education Authority maintained schools, in England, are required to administer the National Curriculum tasks/tests for pupils at the end of Key Stage 1 and tests for pupils at he end of Key Stages 2 and 3 in the core subjects of English, mathematics and science. Schools may, at their discretion, choose to administer other non-statutory tests in addition to the statutory requirements.For GCSE and GCE A/AS/ and GNVQ schools enter pupils for the appropriate subjects and examination boards.The following table shows the total number of statutory National Curriculum test papers in English, mathematics and science which will have been taken by most pupils in the relevant age group; and the average number of GCSE and GCE A/AS and GNVQ examination entries for those age groups. (All ages are at the end of the academic year).

(b) three by groups interested in bringing independent faith schools into the maintained sector (two Muslim, one Jewish).