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National Curriculum Tests

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what entitlements to (a) further study and (b) particular GCSEs for pupils were based on a particular level of key stage 3 attainment; and what steps he plans to take on this after the abolition of key stage 3 tests. (232335)

The only entitlement based on Key Stage 3 results is that pupils who achieve level 6 at Key Stage 3 science are entitled to study separate biology, physics and chemistry GCSEs (triple science). This entitlement will continue, based on levels awarded by teacher assessment instead of using the results of externally marked tests.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) in how many primary schools fewer than (a) 50 per cent., (b) 60 per cent., (c) 70 per cent. and (d) 80 per cent. of pupils obtained level 4 in a combination of mathematics, reading and writing tests at key stage 2 in 2008; (232409)

(2) in how many primary schools fewer than 65 per cent. of pupils obtained a level 4 in a combination of English and mathematics key stage 2 tests in 2008;

(3) in how many primary schools in each local authority area decile of multiple deprivation fewer than 65 per cent. of pupils obtained level 4 in a combination of English and mathematics key stage two tests in 2008.

2008 results are not available until after the publication of the Primary School Achievement and Attainment Tables.