GCSE: Ethnic Groups

Department for Education written question – answered on 9th July 2020.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of (a) White British, (b) Indian, (c) Bangladeshi, (d) Pakistani, (e) Black African , (f) Black Caribbean, (g) mixed ethnicity and (h) all pupils achieved five good passes at GCSE in each of the last 20 years.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The attached table shows the percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs (including English and mathematics) at grades A*-C (or equivalent) at the end of Key Stage 4 by ethnic grouping. The time series runs from 2004/05 to 2018/19 (the latest available). Care should be taken when comparing results over time due to the way the measures have changed in response to various reforms, e.g. Professor Alison Wolf’s Review of Vocational Education.

The Government is committed to ensuring that every child, whatever their background, has the opportunity to reach their full potential and our ambitious programme of reform is transforming the education landscape to ensure we deliver the world-class education that every young person deserves.

GCSE results by ethnicity (Excel SpreadSheet, 37.12 KB)

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