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GCSEs: Standards

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 16 to 18 year olds who are not in education, employment or training have (a) five or more GCSEs at grade A-C, (b) between one and four GCSEs at grade A-C, (c) five or more GCSEs at grade D-G, (d) one to four GCSEs at grade D-G and (e) no GCSEs. (135321)

The following table gives estimates of the proportion of 16,17 and 18 year olds not in education, employment or training at the requested levels of GCSE attainment by the end of year 11. These are survey based estimates and have been obtained from the Youth Cohort Study, tracking the same cohort of young people. There is no available estimate at a single point in time for the combined 16-18 group.

Table 1: Proportion of 16, 17 and 18 year olds not in education, employment or training by GCSE1 results in year 11

Percentage

Population at age 16

NEET age 16 in 2004

NEET age 17 in 2005

NEET age 18 in 2006

5+ A* to C grades

54

12

12

35

1 to 4 A* to C grades

23

26

29

25

5+ D to G grades

16

31

31

24

1 to 4 D to G grades

3

11

9

7

No GCSEs

4

20

19

9

1 Includes equivalent GNVQ qualifications achieved in year 11