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General Certificate of Secondary Education: Gender

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of (a) girls and (b) boys gained five GCSEs at grade A to C in each year since 1987-88; and if he will make a statement. (154601)

The information requested is given as follows:

Percentage of 15-year-old1 girls and boys gaining five GCSEs at grades A*- C at GCSE since 1988

Percentage achieving 5 or more grades A*-C2

Boys

Girls

Total

1988

29.8

35.8

32.8

1989

30.8

38.4

34.5

1990

33.3

40.3

36.8

1991

34.1

42.7

38.3

1992

36.8

45.8

41.2

1993

39.1

47.8

43.3

1994

39.0

48.1

43.5

1995

39.9

49.4

44.5

1996

40.5

50.0

45.1

1997

41.3

51.5

46.3

1998

42.8

53.4

47.9

1999

44.0

54.6

49.2

2000

44.8

55.4

50.0

2001

46.4

57.0

51.6

2002

47.9

58.2

52.9

2003

48.7

58.8

53.7

2004

48.8

58.8

53.7

2005

51.4

61.4

56.3

2006

53.8

63.4

58.5

1 Aged 15 on the 31 August.

2 Percentages from 2004 onwards include GCSEs and equivalents.

A statement regarding the differences in educational attainment between boys and girls was provided in the reply to question 149080.