GCSE: English Language

Education written question – answered on 11th September 2012.

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Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds Conservative, East Hampshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what percentage of schools had a reduction in the proportion of pupils receiving grades A*-C in GCSE English from the previous year in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011; how large these reductions were; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The information requested is given in the following tables:

(a) The difference between the percentage of pupils in schools(1) achieving GCSE English(2) grades A* to C in 2009 and 2010. Coverage: England
Percentage point reduction Number of schools Percentage of schools  
More than 10 159 5 1,030 (35%) of schools showed a decrease
10 23 1 (3)
9 52 2 (3)
8 58 2 (3)
7 60 2 (3)
6 83 3 (3)
5 90 3 (3)
4 106 4 (3)
3 101 3 (3)
2 131 4 (3)
1 167 6 (3)
(1) The analysis includes mainstream maintained schools with greater than 10 pupils and open for both years, changes in school status (converting to become a sponsored academy) have not been considered. (2) Some of the larger differences will be due to a change in the qualifications being taken; for example, double award GCSEs which have not been considered. (3) Indicates brace.
(b) The difference between the percentage of pupils in schools(1) achieving GCSE English(2) grades A* to C in 2010 and 2011. Coverage: England
Percentage point reduction Number of schools Percentage of schools  
More than 10 121 4 1,010 (34%) of schools showed a decrease
10 36 1 (3)
9 37 1 (3)
8 50 2 (3)
7 69 2 (3)
6 86 3 (3)
5 81 3 (3)
4 94 3 (3)
3 105 4 (3)
2 141 5 (3)
1 190 6 (3)
(1) The analysis includes mainstream maintained schools with greater than 10 pupils and open for both years, changes in school status (converting to become a sponsored academy) have not been considered. (2) Some of the larger differences will be due to a change in the qualifications being taken; for example, double award GCSEs which have not been considered. (3) Indicates a brace.

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