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GCSE

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 21 July 2008, Official Report, column 929W, on children: disadvantaged, how many and what proportion of (a) all pupils and (b) pupils eligible to receive free school meals did not attain a GCSE at a grade higher than a D in 2008. (286809)

126,868 pupils did not attain a GCSE at a grade higher than a D in 2007/08. This represents 21.3 per cent. of pupils at the end of key stage 4 in maintained schools.

31,644 pupils eligible to receive free school meals did not attain a GCSE at a grade higher than a D in 2007/08. This represents 42.4 per cent. of eligible pupils at the end of key stage 4 in maintained schools.

Note:

Other equivalent qualifications to GCSEs are not included in this answer. Only full GCSEs (including double awards) have been considered.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils (a) eligible and (b) ineligible for free school meals did not sit GCSE examinations in five or more subjects in (i) 2008, (ii) 2007, (iii) 2006 and (iv) 2005. (287530)

The information requested is given in the following table.

Pupils at the end of key stage 4 who did not sit GCSE or equivalent examinations in five or more subjects

FSM pupils

Non-FSM pupils

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

2005

10,950

13.8

23,829

4.8

2006

10,911

14.0

25,456

4.9

2007

10,569

13.8

26,203

5.0

2008

8,704

11.7

21,716

4.2

Note:

These figures have been derived from the National Pupil Database and cover pupils at the end of key stage 4 in maintained schools only.