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Education and Skills written question – answered on 28th February 2005.

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Photo of Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Labour, Rochdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out statistical information relating as closely as possible to the Rochdale constituency, with effects of her Department's actions and policies on Rochdale since 1997.

Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Minister of State (Education and Skills) (School Standards)

The Rochdale constituency lies within Rochdale local education authority. The most recent Key Stage 2 and GCSE and equivalents Achievement for pupils attending schools in Rochdale are given in the following tables.

Key Stage 2 Achievements of 11-year-old pupils attending schools in the Rochdale constituency
Percentage of pupils gaining level 4

and above

1997 2004 Percentage point improvement


Rochdale—English(3) 54 67 13
Rochdale—Maths(3) 56 65 9
National Average—English(4) 63 78 15
National Average—Maths(4) 61 74 13

(3)Pupils attending schools in Rochdale constituency.

(4)The average for all schools in England (including independent schools)

GCSE and equivalents(5) Achievement of 15-year-old pupils(6) attending schools in the Rochdale constituency
Percentage of 15-year-olds


1997 2004 Percentage point improvement 1997–2004
Rochdale—5+A*–C 37.1 41.7 4.6
Rochdale—5+A*–G 81.1 86.2 5.1
National Average—5+A*–C 45.1 53.7 8.6
National Average—5+A*–G 87.0 88.8 1.8

(5)For 2004 only results incorporate GCSEs, GNVQs and a wide range of other qualifications approved pre-16. Prior to 2004 results are based on GCSEs and GNVQs only.

(6)As standard the results reported relate to pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year i.e. 31 August and therefore reaching the end of compulsory education at the end of the school year

At national level, standards have improved across all key stages. The Primary and Key Stage 3 National Strategies, together with the measures we have taken to help schools in the toughest areas are continuing to deliver better results.

Further information by constituency, is provided within the Department's 'In Your Area' website available at Where information is not available at the constituency level it has been provided at local education authority level.

This website allows users to access key facts and local information about education and skills based on postcodes. The data available within the site offer comparisons between 1997 and the latest available year and cover five geographies. These are parliamentary constituency, ward, local authority district, local education authority, Government office region. England figures are also provided.

The information available within the website is grouped in a number of broad categories including Literacy and Numeracy at age 11, Literacy and Numeracy at age 14, GCSE/GNVQ results, Pupils with Special Educational Needs, School Initiatives, School Workforce, School Funding and Resources, Children's Social Services, Early Years, Class Sizes, Post 16, Higher Education and Adult Education

Additional information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, my Department is investigating ways in which we can disseminate more information about the effects of our policies at a local level. The In Your Area website will be further developed over the coming months to include additional information about Adult Education, School Funding, School Initiatives, School Performance, School Workforce and Post 16.

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