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Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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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 pupils in receipt of free school meals achieved seven GCSEs, including (a) physics, (b) biology, (c) chemistry, (d) mathematics, (e) English, (f) English literature and (g) history in (i) 1997, (ii) 2003, (iii) 2008 and (iv) 2009.

Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools)

The requested figures have been presented in the following table. However, achievement data matched to pupil characteristics (including free school meals) are not available for 1997.

2003 2008 2009
Number and percentage of pupils( 1) in maintained schools eligible for free school meals achieving seven o r more GCSEs( 2) at grade A*-G or the equivalent, including a GCSE in: Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage
Physics 1,012 1.2 2,053 2.7 2,932 3.9
Biology 1,207 1.5 2,558 3.4 3,376 4.5
Chemistry 1,112 1.4 2,104 2.8 2,963 4.0
Mathematics 51,155 63.0 54,154 72.4 56,584 76.1
English 52,077 64.2 54,282 72.6 56,818 76.4
English Literature 47,129 58.1 42,321 56.6 41,263 55.5
History 13,565 16.7 12,143 16.2 12,459 16.8
(1) In 2003 figures are based on pupils aged 15-years-old whereas in 2008 and 2009 they are based on pupils at the end of key stage 4.

(2 )In 2003 figures include GNVQs as GCSE equivalents. In 2008 and 2009, figures include additional equivalent qualifications approved for pre-16 use.

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