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Secondary Education: Assessments

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the attainment gap at Key Stage 4 between children in (a) the 10 per cent. most deprived and (b) the 10 per cent least deprived local authorities; what this gap was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (201089)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many eligible pupils did not obtain level 4 in a combination of reading, writing and mathematics tests in Key Stage 2 tests in 2007, broken down by index of multiple deprivation decile. (201241)

Figures broken down by index of multiple deprivation decile can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Some related figures can be found at the following:

National figures for pupils achieving level 4 or above in a combination of reading, writing and mathematics can be found in ‘DCSF: National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 2 in England, 2007 (Provisional)’ found at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000737/index.shtml (Table 5)

National and Government Office Region level figures of pupils achieving level 4 or above in English, Mathematics and Science broken down by index of multiple deprivation decile can be found in ‘DCSF: National Curriculum Assessment, GCSE and Equivalent Attainment and Post-16 Attainment by Pupil Characteristics, in England 2006/07’ found at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000759/index.shtml (Table 1).