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Educational Attainment

Volume 453: debated on Monday 20 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) White British, (b) Black Caribbean, (c) Black African, (d) Pakistanis, (e) Indian, (f) Bangladeshi and (g) groups of other ethnicity pupils who were entitled to free school meals achieved five or more A*-C GCSEs in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by gender. (100930)

The latest published data relate to 2005 and are shown in the following table. Provisional 2006 data by pupil characteristics will be available on Thursday, 23 November from the Department's Research and Statistics Gateway (www.dfes.gov.uk/statistics).

Percentage achieving 5 or more grades A* to C at GCSE and equivalent in 2005, by ethnicity, FSM and gender

Not entitled to FSM

Entitled to FSM

All Pupils

Boys

Girls

Total

Boys

Girls

Total

Boys

Girls

Total

White British

53.8

64.1

58.8

21.0

29.2

25.1

50.2

60.1

55.0

Indian

67.2

78.0

72.4

47.9

59.9

53.7

64.8

75.8

70.1

Pakistani

48.9

58.6

53.6

34.4

46.9

40.4

43.2

54.1

48.4

Bangladeshi

49.4

62.1

55.8

44.7

55.8

50.4

46.7

58.5

52.7

Black Caribbean

36:6

51.6

44.6

24.6

42.8

33.5

33.3

49.4

41.7

Black African

49.2

60.8

55.3

32.9

41.0

37.0

42.9

53.3

48.3

All other ethnic groups

57.5

68.1

62.8

34.4

43.4

38.9

52.4

62.5

57.4

All pupils1

53.8

64.2

58.9

25.5

34.4

29.9

49.9

60.0

54.9

1 Includes pupils for which information was not sought or refused.