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Educational Attainment

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the educational attainment levels of (a) Gypsy, (b) Traveller, (c) white British and (d) UK Irish pupils were in each of the last 10 years. (111802)

Pupil level information was collected for the first time in 2002 which enables the Department to cross match attainment levels against pupil characteristics. However, it is only from 2003 onwards that data are available on a consistent basis using the latest ethnic group classification; and these are given in the following tables.

Key Stage 1: England—percentage of pupils achieving Level 2 and above at Key Stage 11

Gypsy/Roma

Traveller of Irish Heritage

White British

Irish

20032

Reading

42

28

85

84

Writing

38

28

82

81

Mathematics

60

52

91

91

20043

Reading

45

31

86

85

Writing

43

29

83

83

Mathematics

64

50

91

91

20054

Reading

42

32

86

86

Writing

40

30

84

84

Mathematics

62

52

92

92

Science

61

49

91

92

20064

Reading

40

30

86

85

Writing

37

30

83

82

Mathematics

60

50

91

91

Science

58

49

91

90

1 Results are based on provisional data.

2 Task/test results.

3 Task/test results for non-trial schools and teacher assessment results for trial schools.

4 Teacher assessment results only.

Key Stage 2: England—percentage of pupils achieving Level 4 and above at Key Stage 21

Gypsy/Roma

Traveller of Irish Heritage

White British

Irish

2003

English

30

23

76

82

Mathematics

27

19

73

78

Science

48

36

88

90

2004

English

30

23

78

82

Mathematics

25

23

75

78

Science

45

38

87

88

2005

English

37

26

80

84

Mathematics

33

26

76

80

Science

53

39

88

89

2006

English

35

27

80

82

Mathematics

32

29

77

80

Science

50

42

88

89

1 Results for 2003 to 2005 are based on revised data. Results for 2006 are based on provisional data.

Key Stage 3: England—percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 and above at Key Stage 31

Gypsy/Roma

Traveller of Irish Heritage

White British

Irish

2003

English

33

49

70

75

Mathematics

35

49

72

75

Science

35

45

70

73

2004

English

19

26

72

76

Mathematics

23

24

74

76

Science

17

23

68

70

2005

English

29

23

75

77

Mathematics

27

22

75

74

Science

23

18

71

71

2006

English

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Mathematics

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Science

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a = not available. 2006 results for Key Stage 3 are currently not available as these data work to a different time scale to the other Key Stages. Provisional Key Stage 3 attainment by pupil characteristics will be published in our Statistical First Release on 15 February 2007.

1 Results for 2003 to 2005 are based on revised data.

GCSE and equivalent achievements: England—percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE1

Gypsy/Roma

Traveller of Irish Heritage

White British

Irish

20032

23.2

41.6

51.3

60.1

20042, 3

13.5

30.2

52.3

58.3

20053, 4

14.7

22.5

55.0

62.6

20063, 4

9.9

19.0

57.2

60.8

1 Results for 2003 to 2005 are based on revised data. Results for 2006 are based on provisional data.

2 Number of pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year.

3 Includes GCSE and equivalent achievements.3

4 Number of pupils on roll at the end of Key Stage 4 in each academic year.