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General Certificate of Secondary Education: Disadvantaged

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in receipt of free school meals were entered for GCSE examinations in 2007, broken down by subject. (187164)

Figures showing the number and proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals attempting GCSEs and equivalent, broken down by subject, are given in table.

GCSE and equivalent attempts and achievements1 in selected subjects of pupils eligible for free school meals at the end of Key Stage 42 in maintained schools (numbers and percentages), Years 2006/073 (Revised), Coverage: EnglandNumber of eligible pupils attempting GCSEPercentage of eligible pupils attempting GCSEAny subject72,75194English and mathematics68,09788Mathematics and science63,97783English, mathematics and science62,34780English, mathematics, science and a modern language20,15726English68,99289Mathematics70,90592Any science64,87284Single award science13,28917Double award science42,86755Physics1,5082Chemistry1,5492Biological sciences1,8832Other sciences2,1093Any design and technology33,25443D & T: electronic products1,1802D & T: food technology8,63211D & T: graphic products7,0449D & T: resistant materials9,48812D & T: systems and control5531D & T: textiles technology5,1377Other design and technology42,8614Information technology57,1719Business studies6,3178Home economics4,6616Geography12,84917History14,30719Humanities1,7532 Social studies2,8674Music3,8755Any modern language21,41928French11,97115German3,6135Spanish3,2254Italian1620Other modern languages4,2346Art and design20,25426English literature50,89066Drama10,81214Media/film/TV7,2259Classical studies1930Physical education12,98617Religious studies15,89421Any other subjects5,5677 1 For each subject only one attempt is counted—that which achieved the highest grade. 2 Pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in the 2006/07 academic year. 3 Includes attempts and achievements by these pupils in previous academic years. 4 Includes all other combined syllabus of which design and technology is the major part. 5 Also includes computer studies, information systems and any combined syllabus of which information technology is the major part.