Education and Skills written question – answered on 24 March 2005.

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Photo of Ms Debra Shipley Ms Debra Shipley Labour, Stourbridge

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

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

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

Key Stage 2 Achievements of 11-year-old pupils attending schools in the Stourbridge constituency—Percentage of pupils gaining level 4 and above
1997 2004 Percentage point improvement 1997–2004
English(18) 65 83 18
Maths(18) 65 78 13
National average
English(19)' 63 78 15
Maths(19) 61 74 13

(18) Pupils attending schools in Stourbridge constituency

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

GCSE and equivalents(20) Achievement of 15-year-old pupils(21) attending schools in the Stourbridge constituency
Percentage of 15-year-olds gaining 1997 2004 Percentage point improvement 1997–2004
Stourbridge—5 + A*-C 51.0 54.8 3.8
Stourbridge—5 + A*-G 90.0 92.0 2.0
National Average—5+ A*-C 45.1 53.7 8.6
National Average—5+ A*-G 87.0 88.8 1.8

(20) 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.

(21) 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 offers comparisons between 1997 and the latest available year and covers five geographies. These are parliamentary constituency, ward, local authority district, local education authority and Government office region. England figures are also provided.

The information available within the web site 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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