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General Certificate of Secondary Education: Disadvantaged

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of white British boys eligible for free school meals achieved (a) no GCSE passes and (b) fewer than five GCSE passes at grade A* to C including English and mathematics in each year since 1995. (201051)

The available information is in the following table; further information covering earlier years can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Percentage who did not achieve:

Number of white British boys at the end of Key Stage 4 on free school meals

5+ A*-C at GCSE and equivalents

5+ A*-C at GCSE and equivalents including English and mathematics

Any qualification

2004/05

27,356

78.5

87.3

10.7

2005/06

27,908

75.6

86.1

8.9

2006/07

26,893

73.0

85.1

7.5

Note: 1. Figures based on pupil at the end of Key Stage 4 in each academic year. 2. Figures include all qualifications approved for use pre-16. 3. English and mathematics figures included are for GCSE full courses only.