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General Certificate of Secondary Education

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what percentage of pupils who were (a) in care and (b) not in care gained five or more GCSEs at A* or A including English and mathematics in the most recent year for which figures are available; (262351)

(2) how many and what percentage of pupils who were (a) in care and (b) not in care did not gain five or more GCSEs at any grade in the most recent year for which figures are available;

(3) how many and what percentage of pupils who were (a) in care and (b) not in care did not gain one or more GCSEs at any grade in the most recent year for which figures are available;

(4) how many and what percentage of pupils who were (a) in care and (b) not in care did not gain one or more C grades or above at GCSE in the most recent year for which figures are available;

(5) how many and what percentage of pupils who were (a) in care and (b) not in care did not achieve an A* or A in any GCSE in the most recent year for which figures are available.

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 at Key Stage 4 for children looked after continuously for 12 months compared to all children can be found in table C. This shows the following:

number of pupils in year 11,

the number and percentage who sat at least one GCSE or GVNQ,

the number and percentage who achieved at least 1 GCSE A*-G,

the number who achieved at least five GCSEs at grades A*-G and

the number who achieved at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C.

As the OC2 is an aggregate data collection, these figures cannot be broken down into any further detail for example by subject, number of GCSEs taken or grade.