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Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils attended maintained mainstream schools at which fewer than (a) one per cent., (b) five per cent. and (c) 10 per cent. of pupils at the end of key stage 4 achieved fewer than five GCSEs, including English and mathematics at grade A* to C in the latest year for which figures are available. (301039)

Of pupils at the end of key stage 4 attending maintained mainstream schools, in 2008,

(a) 6,222 attended one of the very top performing schools with fewer than 1 per cent. of pupils achieving fewer than five GCSEs at grades A*-C or the equivalent including English and mathematics.

(b) 19,536 attended a school with fewer than 5 per cent. of pupils achieving fewer than five GCSEs at grades A*-C or the equivalent including English and mathematics.

(c) 23,733 attended a school with fewer than 10 per cent. of pupils achieving fewer than five GCSEs at grades A*-C or the equivalent including English and mathematics.

Only those schools published in the 2008 Achievement and Attainment Tables have been included in this analysis.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what percentage of children in care achieved five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics but excluding equivalents in each year since 1997. (304657)

Information on the number of children who achieve five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics is not available from the OC2 return, which is the current source of data on the attainment of looked after children. The OC2 return is due to be superseded by a new data source which will be used to monitor the attainment of looked after children from 2010.

In November the Department published analysis of the new data source as experimental statistics in the release, “Bridging Series for Outcomes for Looked After Children: Comparison of Data from Matched Administrative Source with Current Aggregate Source”:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/STR/d000894/index.shtml

Information from the new data source is available from 2006 and is shown in the table.

Key Stage 4 eligibility and performance of children who have been looked after continuously for at least 12 months1 (GCSEs and GNVQs only), Years: 2006 to 2009, Coverage: England

Figures based on matched CLA-NPD data source—Financial Cohort2

Children achieving 5+ GCSEs5 at grades A*- C including English and mathematics

Number of children3,4

Number

Percentage

2006

4,900

300

6.1

2007

4,900

320

6.6

2008

5,000

400

8.1

2009

5,000

440

8.9

1 Children looked after continuously for at least 12 months excluding children in respite care. 2 Children looked after continuously for at least 12 months at 31 March. 3 All numbers less than 1,000 are rounded to the nearest 10, otherwise they are rounded to the nearest 100. 4 Number of children based on those children aged 15 at the start of the academic year i.e. 31 August. 5 Includes results in GCSEs and GNVQs only, excludes equivalencies.

These figures are experimental statistics and should be treated with caution. They have been released to allow readers to comment on the new data source and methodology before being adopted fully as official statistics.