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GCSEs

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils gained A* to C GCSEs in (a) French and (b) German in each year since 1997. (97107)

The following table shows the number of 151-year-old pupils gaining an A*-C grade in GCSE French and German in each year since 1997.

FrenchGerman

1 Aged 15 at the start of the academic year, i.e. 31 August.

2 Data for 2006 are provisional. Data for all other years are final.

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.

1997

149,500

68,900

1998

149,100

69,400

1999

158,000

71,900

2000

158,500

69,800

2001

165,300

73,200

2002

161,100

70,800

2003

150,200

65,300

2004

150,200

68,000

2005

143,200

65,100

20062

133,000

57,800

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many secondary schools no pupils took a GCSE in a modern language in the 2005-06 academic year. (97108)

The Department will be able to answer this question when the 2006 Secondary School Achievement and Attainment Tables are published in January 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children left school with no GCSE qualifications in each year since the introduction of the examination. (97263)

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Proportion of pupils not gaining at least one A*-G1 at GCSE and equivalent2

Percentage

19883

10.1

1989

7.5

1990

7.3

1991

6.8

1992

8.4

1993

7.0

1994

7.7

1995

8.1

1996

7.8

1997

7.7

1998

6.6

1999

6.0

2000

5.6

2001

5.5

2002

5.4

2003

5.2

2004

4.1

2005

3.6

20064

3.4

1 GCSE grade A* was introduced in 1994.

2 Percentages from 1997 include GNVQ equivalencies. Percentages from 2004 include GCSEs and equivalents approved for use pre-16

3 Figures for 1988 are taken from the School Leavers Survey, and include school leavers of any age from all schools except special schools.

4 The 2006 figure is provisional. All other figures are final.

Notes:

1. Figures for 1989 to 1991 are taken from the School Examinations Survey, and are based on 15 year old pupils in all schools except special schools.

2. Figures from 1992 onwards are taken from the School Achievement and Attainment Tables data, and are based on 15-year-old pupils in all schools including special schools.