National Challenge for Schools

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools did not meet the national challenge benchmark in their GCSE results for 2009.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

GCSE results in 2009 improved in National Challenge schools across the country. The number of schools below the benchmark of 30 per cent. of pupils achieving five good GCSEs including English and maths has fallen to just 247 this year.

And we will continue to work hard in partnership with schools and local authorities to fulfil our ambition so that no school is below the benchmark by 2011.

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