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General Certificate of Secondary Education

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many eligible pupils did not obtain five GCSEs at any grade, excluding equivalents, in each year since 1997.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The information for 1998/99 onwards is given as follows. Figures for 1996/97 and 1997/98 can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Number of eligible pupils who did not achieve five GCSEs at any grade Percentage of eligible pupils who did not achieve five GCSEs at any grade
2006/07 100,510 15.5
2005/06 82,278 12.7
2004/05 77,628 12.3
2003/04 77,911 12.1
2002/03 91,320 14.7
2001/02 87,237 14.4
2000/01 85,820 14.2
1999/2000 90,685 15.6
1998/99 98,177 16.9

1. From 2004/05 onwards figures relate to pupils at the end of Key Stage 4. Figures in 2002/03 and 2003/04 relate to 15-year-olds pupils (age at start of academic year, ie 31 August 2002).

2. The figures relate to pupils attending all schools.

3. The figures relate to GCSEs only.

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