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GCSE

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils did not gain one or more GCSEs, excluding equivalents, at grade (a) G, (b) E, (c) D and (d) C or above in 2009. (316407)

The information required is given in the following table:

Number and proportion of pupils who did not gain one or more GCSEs, excluding equivalents at the selected grades

1997

2009

Grades

Number

Proportion (percentage)

Number

Proportion (percentage)

G or above

45,074

7.7

19,867

3.1

E or above

65,329

11.1

37,813

6.0

D or above

101,822

17.4

65,429

10.3

C or above

173,197

29.5

119,687

18.9

Source:

Achievement and Attainment Tables.

The data for 1997 relate to pupils aged 15 and for 2009 relate to pupils at the end of Key Stage 4.

The figures are cumulative, in that if a pupil is included as not gaining G or above, they will also be included in the data as not receiving E or above, D or above and C or above.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) maintained schools and (b) comprehensive schools in each local authority area entered no students for GCSE examinations for (i) physics, (ii) chemistry, (iii) biology and (iv) all three in the most recent year for which figures are available. (318672)

[holding answer 25 February 2010]: The requested figures are given in the following table 2009.

This answer has been derived from the achievement and attainment tables data.

The majority of pupils take Science GCSE (also referred to as core science) and Additional Science GCSE. This combination of science GCSEs provides a perfectly good foundation for further study of physics, chemistry and biology at A level.

The number of maintained schools that had pupils that were entered for all three sciences has increased from just over 600 in 2002 to just over 1,500 in 2009.

The Government have introduced a statutory entitlement for all pupils in maintained schools to be able to study at least two science GCSEs, specifically this includes core and additional science or the three separate science GCSEs of physics, chemistry and biology.

There is a further non-statutory entitlement that those pupils who have achieved at least level 6 at key stage 3 will be given the opportunity to study triple science at GCSE either at their own school or through collaborative arrangements with other schools and colleges.

Since September 2008 all specialist science schools have to offer triple science to at least all pupils achieving level 6+ at the end of key stage 3. Since September 2009 we have expected all engineering and technology colleges to offer triple science, and expect all mathematics and computing colleges to do so from September 2010.

Number of comprehensive schools entering no pupils at the end of key stage 4 for GCSEs inNumber of maintained mainstream schools entering no pupils at the end of key stage 4 for GCSEs in

LA name

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

All three separate sciences

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

All three separate sciences

City of London

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Camden

2

3

3

3

2

3

3

3

Greenwich

6

7

7

7

6

7

7

7

Hackney

4

6

6

6

4

6

6

6

Hammersmith and Fulham

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Islington

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Kensington and Chelsea

2

3

4

4

2

3

4

4

Lambeth

2

3

3

3

2

3

3

3

Lewisham

4

4

5

5

4

4

5

5

Southwark

5

7

6

8

5

7

6

8

Tower Hamlets

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Wandsworth

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Westminster

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Barking and Dagenham

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Barnet

7

9

9

9

9

11

11

11

Bexley

4

4

4

4

9

9

9

9

Brent

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Bromley

5

5

4

5

5

5

4

5

Croydon

9

10

10

10

10

11

11

11

Ealing

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Enfield

8

9

9

9

9

10

10

10

Haringey

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Harrow

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Havering

10

9

10

10

10

9

10

10

Hillingdon

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Hounslow

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

Kingston upon Thames

0

0

0

0

3

4

3

4

Merton

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Newham

10

10

11

11

10

10

11

11

Redbridge

3

5

5

5

3

5

5

5

Richmond upon Thames

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Sutton

4

5

5

5

4

5

5

5

Waltham Forest

12

12

12

13

12

12

12

13

Birmingham

38

38

38

39

38

38

38

39

Coventry

14

14

14

14

14

14

14

14

Dudley

14

13

13

14

14

13

13

14

Sandwell

12

11

12

12

12

11

12

12

Solihull

6

7

7

7

6

7

7

7

Walsall

7

8

8

9

7

8

8

9

Wolverhampton

13

13

13

13

13

13

13

13

Knowsley

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

Liverpool

14

14

13

14

14

14

13

14

St. Helens

6

7

7

7

6

7

7

7

Sefton

14

14

14

14

14

14

14

14

Wirral

4

4

4

4

7

7

7

7

Bolton

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Bury

9

8

8

9

9

8

8

9

Manchester

14

16

16

16

14

16

16

16

Oldham

7

7

7

8

7

7

7

8

Rochdale

10

10

9

11

10

10

9

11

Salford

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

Stockport

6

7

7

7

6

7

7

7

Tameside

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

Trafford

0

0

0

0

9

9

10

10

Wigan

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

Barnsley

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

Doncaster

8

9

9

9

8

9

9

9

Rotherham

6

6

6

7

6

6

6

7

Sheffield

13

14

12

14

13

14

12

14

Bradford

17

17

17

17

17

17

17

17

Calderdale

7

7

7

7

8

8

8

8

Kirklees

12

12

12

12

12

12

12

12

Leeds

16

17

16

17

16

17

16

17

Wakefield

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

Gateshead

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Newcastle upon Tyne

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

North Tyneside

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

South Tyneside

3

3

4

4

4

4

5

5

Sunderland

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Isles of Scilly

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Bath and North East Somerset

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Bristol, City of

7

7

8

8

7

7

8

8

North Somerset

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

South Gloucestershire

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

Hartlepool

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Middlesbrough

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Redcar and Cleveland

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Stockton-on-Tees

9

9

9

9

9

9

9

9

Kingston upon Hull, City of

11

10

10

11

11

10

10

11

East Riding of Yorkshire

6

6

6

7

6

6

6

7

North East Lincolnshire

6

6

5

6

6

6

5

6

North Lincolnshire

5

5

3

5

5

5

3

5

North Yorkshire

20

20

21

21

21

23

24

24

York

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Luton

5

6

6

6

5

6

6

6

Bedford

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Central Bedfordshire

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Buckinghamshire

0

0

0

0

19

20

20

20

Milton Keynes

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Derbyshire

21

23

23

23

21

23

23

23

Derby

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Dorset

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

Poole

2

2

2

2

4

4

4

4

Bournemouth

2

2

2

2

4

7

7

7

Durham

27

27

26

27

27

27

26

27

Darlington

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

East Sussex

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

Brighton and Hove

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Hampshire

24

25

25

25

24

25

25

25

Portsmouth

5

6

6

7

5

6

6

7

Southampton

7

7

6

7

7

7

6

7

Leicestershire

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Leicester

8

8

8

8

9

9

9

9

Rutland

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Staffordshire

24

24

24

24

24

24

24

24

Stoke-on-Trent

8

8

8

9

8

8

8

9

Wiltshire

10

10

10

10

14

14

14

14

Swindon

2

5

5

5

2

5

5

5

Bracknell Forest

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

Windsor and Maidenhead

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

West Berkshire

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Reading

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Slough

1

1

1

1

7

8

8

8

Wokingham

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Cambridgeshire

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Peterborough

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Halton

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Warrington

5

5

5

6

5

5

5

6

Devon

13

16

16

16

13

16

16

16

Plymouth

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Torbay

5

5

5

5

7

7

7

7

Essex

29

29

29

30

29

29

29

30

Southend-on-sea

4

5

4

5

6

7

6

7

Thurrock

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Herefordshire

8

9

9

10

8

9

9

10

Worcestershire

13

13

14

14

13

13

15

15

Kent

8

12

12

12

38

52

49

52

Medway

1

1

1

1

9

10

11

12

Lancashire

31

36

36

38

32

37

37

39

Blackburn with Darwen

7

7

6

7

7

7

6

7

Blackpool

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

7

Nottinghamshire

23

23

23

23

23

23

23

23

Nottingham

10

11

12

12

10

11

12

12

Shropshire

13

14

14

14

13

14

14

14

Telford and Wrekin

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

Cheshire East

7

7

7

7

8

8

8

8

Cheshire West and Chester

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

10

Cornwall

11

12

12

12

11

12

12

12

Cumbria

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

Gloucestershire

17

16

16

17

18

17

17

18

Hertfordshire

31

31

31

31

31

31

31

31

Isle of Wight

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Lincolnshire

8

9

9

10

26

28

29

30

Norfolk

24

26

26

26

24

26

26

26

Northamptonshire

12

11

11

12

12

11

11

12

Northumberland

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Oxfordshire

15

16

16

16

15

16

16

16

Somerset

14

15

14

15

14

15

14

15

Suffolk

14

17

17

17

14

17

17

17

Surrey

14

17

16

17

14

17

16

17

Warwickshire

9

10

10

10

12

13

14

14

West Sussex

15

16

16

16

15

16

16

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To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of pupils in each local authority area did not attain any GCSEs above grade D in the most recent year for which figures are available. (318898)

The information requested for pupils attending maintained schools (including city technology colleges and academies) has been placed in the Libraries.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils not eligible for free school meals attended schools at which fewer than 30 per cent. of pupils achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE including English and mathematics but excluding equivalents in 2009. (318962)

[holding answer 1 March 2010]: In 2009, there were 242,990 pupils not known to be eligible for free school meals attending schools at which fewer than 30 per cent. of pupils achieved five A* to C grades at GCSE including English and mathematics but excluding equivalents1 (includes post 16 pupils).

1 Includes maintained mainstream schools (including academies) with more than 10 pupils that were published in the 2009 Achievement and Attainment tables. Qualifications include GCSEs, GCSE short courses, GCSE double awards, vocational single and double GCSEs and AS levels.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has made an assessment for benchmarking purposes of educational attainment at GCSE in England in comparison with attainment of children of the same age in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. (321321)

The Department does not benchmark educational attainment for England against that for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The Department does publish data on educational attainment at GCSE across the UK and for England. Equivalent data for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is the responsibility of, and published by, the respective devolved Administrations.

The following table gives a breakdown of educational attainment at GCSE across the UK since 2005:

GCE, GCSE, SCE/NQ and vocational qualifications obtained by pupils1 and students (in their last year of compulsory education)

Percentage of pupils achieving GCSE or equivalent2

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

5 or more grades A*-C3

59.0

61.3

64.4

5 or more grades A*-C including English and maths

47.7

1 Pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year; pupils in Year S4 in Scotland. From 2004/05, pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 in England.

2 From 2007/08 data are for 5+ A*-C, 5+ A*-C including English and Maths and Any Passes.

3 Standard Grades 1-3/Intermediate 2 A-C/Intermediate 1 A in Scotland.

Source:

Education and Training Statistics for the United Kingdom 2009

The following table gives a breakdown for England:

GCSE and equivalent qualifications obtained by pupils at the end of Key Stage 4

Percentage of pupils achieving GCSE or equivalent

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

5 or more grades A*-C

59.0

61.4

65.3

70.0

5 or more grades A*-C including English and maths

45.6

46.3

47.6

49.8