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General Certificate of Secondary Education

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children (a) living with both their mother and father, (b) living with their mother or father and other guardians and (c) living only with their mother achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C in each year since 1992; and if he will make a statement. (187142)

Complete information is not available. However, the Department’s Youth Cohort Study can provide some estimates for some years and these are summarised in the table as follows.

GCSE attainment of young people according to which parents they live with

Percentage getting 5+ GCSE at A*-C

1993

1995

1997

1999

2001

2003

Mother and father

45

48

49

52

57

60

Mother but not father

34

35

37

41

40

43

All, including neither of the above

42

44

46

49

51

54

Note:

Step parents are included and cannot be separated out

Source:

Youth Cohort Study, cohorts 7-12

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many pupils entered for GCSE qualifications did not gain a GCSE, excluding equivalents and entry level qualifications, in 2007; (187633)

(2) how many pupils entered for GCSE qualifications did not gain a GCSE qualification above a C grade, excluding equivalents and entry level qualifications, in 2007.

In 2007, of the 637,000 attempts at a GCSE qualification, 128,100 thousand did not achieve a grade A*-C and 7,200 did not achieve a grade A*-G.

These figures are derived from figures which are published annually in table 10 of the Statistical First Release (SFR) ‘GCSE and Equivalent Examination Results in England ‘. Figures for 2007 are available at:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000768/index.shtml

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils of the appropriate age were not entered for GCSE examinations in 2007. (187635)

The available figures relate to pupils at the end of key stage 4.

In 2007, 0.5 per cent. of the 649,159 pupils at the end of key stage 4 were not entered for GCSE examinations or equivalents.

This information is derived from figures which are published annually in table 3 of the Statistical First Release (SFR) ‘GCSE and Equivalent Examination Results in England’. Figures for 2007 are available at:

http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000768/index.shtml