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School Leaving: Qualifications

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils left school at 16 years with (a) no GCSE qualifications and (b) no GCSE qualifications but with vocational qualifications in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007 to date. (166723)

The following table shows the percentage of 15 year-old pupils1 leaving school with no full GCSE at grade A*-G and no full GCSE but a pass in an equivalent qualification in the Key Stage 4 achievement and attainment tables:

Percentage of 15 year old pupils1 leaving school with:

No GCSE at grade A*-G

No GCSE but a pass in an equivalent qualification

1997

7.7

0.02

2007

4.7

2.0

1. Pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year i.e. 31 August. 2. The 1997 figure of 0.0 per cent. equates to around 120 students.

These figures are not directly comparable. In 1997, only GNVQs were included as equivalent to GCSEs in Key Stage 4 Achievement and attainment tables data whereas in 2007, a range of other qualifications have been approved for use pre-16.