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GCSEs

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what percentage of children in the 10 per cent. (a) most and (b) least deprived areas received (i) at least five GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics in 2008, (ii) level 5 or above at key stage 3 in 2006, (c) level 4 or above at key stage 2 in 2003 and (iv) level 2 or above at key stage 1 in 1999; (240590)

(2) what percentage of children on (a) free school meals and (b) not on free school meals received (i) at least five GCSEs at A* - C including English and mathematics in 2008, (ii) level 5 or above at key stage 3 in 2006, (iv) level 4 or above at key stage 2 in 2003 and (iv) level 2 or above at key stage 1 in 1999;

(3) how many pupils eligible for free school meals who (a) obtained and (b) did not obtain level 4 in key stage 2 tests in 2003 did not obtain (i) five GCSEs at A*to C and (ii) five GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics;

(4) how many and what proportion of pupils registered as gifted and talented did not sit at least one A-level examination in 2008.

Some information on attainment by pupil characteristics has been published in the Statistical First Release, "DCSF: National Curriculum Assessment, GCSE and Equivalent Attainment and Post-16 Attainment by Pupil Characteristics, in England 2007/08" on 11 December. Additional information by pupil characteristics will be produced after that date.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many gifted and talented pupils (a) in care and (b) not in care who obtained level 4 or above in key stage 2 tests in 2003 did not obtain five GCSEs at A* to C in 2007; (241713)

(2) how many pupils (a) in care and (b) not in care who (i) obtained and (ii) did not obtain level 4 in key stage 2 tests in 2003 did not obtain five GCSEs at A* to C in 2007.

The OC2 data collection collects information on a range of outcomes for looked after children from local authorities. This information has been published in the Statistical First Release “Outcome Indicators for Children Looked After, Twelve months to 30 September 2007—England” (SFR 08/2008), which is available on the Department's website via the following link:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000785/index.shtml.

Information on attainment in schools can be found in tables B and C which show the number at each key stage and, of those, the number and percentage achieving the expected level. The OC2 is an aggregate data collection and it is therefore not possible to link the achievements of looked after children at key stage 2 to those at key stage 4.