Science: GCSE

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals were entered for a GCSE in biology in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.

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

Of pupils at the end of key stage 4 in 2009, in maintained schools, eligible for free school meals, 3,525 were entered for biology GCSE.

Comparable figures for 1997 can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Of pupils at the end of key stage 4 in 2005, in maintained schools, eligible for free school meals, 1,674 were entered for biology GCSE.

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