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GCSE: Truancy

Volume 496: debated on Monday 5 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of (a) persistent truants and (b) all pupils gained fewer than five A* to C grades at GCSE in 2008. (287224)

In 2008, 226,351 pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 did not achieve five A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent qualifications. This represents 34.7 per cent. of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4.

Work is ongoing to link pupil-level absence data to achievements. The GCSE achievements of persistent absentees are therefore not yet available.