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Sixth-Form Provision

Volume 408: debated on Thursday 3 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the likely impact of sixth form education provision by the exclusive means of sixth form colleges on standards of attainment in secondary schools at (a) Key Stage 4 and (b) GCSE level. [122229]

2002 results for non-selective maintained secondary schools at GCSE/GNVQ (KS4) are as follows:

Gaining five or more A*-C grades
Schools with sixth form51.0
Schools without sixth form44.6
However, when prior attainment is taken into account, there is little difference between schools with and without sixth form education provision.