Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 6th April 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 and what proportion of pupils (a) eligible and (b) not eligible for free school meals did not achieve A* to C at GCSE in both English and mathematics in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2009.

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

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Pupil level data relating to free school meal eligibility were not collected as far back as 1997. The information requested is presented for 2003 (the earliest available year) and 2009 in the following table and is for maintained schools only.

Number of pupils not achieving A*-C at GCSE in both English and mathematics Proportion of pupils not achieving A*-C at GCSE in both English and mathematics (percentage)
Eligible for FSM 67,195 82.8
Not eligible for FSM 266,217 53.9
Eligible for FSM 54,190 72.9
Not eligible for FSM 227,963 45.2

Figures for 2003 are based on pupils aged 15 and for 2009 are based on pupils at the end of key stage 4.


National Pupil Database

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