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GCSE

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of 15-year-olds (a) not entitled and (b) entitled to free school meals achieved (i) five GCSEs at A* to C and (ii) five GCSEs at A* to C including English and mathematics, in each year since 1997. (241630)

The information available is given in the following table.

Percentage

Non-FSM

FSM

Five GCSE at A*-C

Five GCSE at A*-C with English and mathematics

Five GCSE at A*-C

Five GCSE at A*-C with English and mathematics

2007

62.8

49.0

35.5

21.1

2006

60.7

47.5

32.6

19.5

2005

59.3

48.1

31.1

19.8

2004

56.8

44.8

27.4

16.8

2003

56.0

45.1

25.7

16.7

2002

54.5

43.1

24.1

15.3

Source:

National Pupil Database.

Prior to 2002, the achievement and attainment data was not matched to individual pupil characteristics.