HC Deb 22 May 1978 vol 950 cc430-1W
Mr. Kilfedder

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the figures for Northern Ireland in comparison with the 105 local education authorities in England and Wales with regard to success rates in GCE O- and A-levels, and CSE.

Mr. Carter

The figures are not available in the form requested. However, the table below sets out the academic attainments of school leavers in 1976–77 for Northern Ireland and England and Wales. I understand from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education

Percentage [...] Total School Leavers
Northern Ireland England and Wales
Academic Attainment Boys Girls Boys Girls
2 or more 'A' level passes 15.1 15.7 13.6 11.2
1 'A' level pass 3.1 3.5 3.1 3.3
5 or more higher grade 'O' level GCE or CSE* 7.8 9.5 8.1 10.3
1–4 higher grades GCE or CSE† 18.3 20.7 24.9 28.5
1 or more other grades GCE or CSE‡ 15.1 16.6 33.9 32.1
No GCE or CSE qualifications 40.6 34.0 16.4 14.6
Number of leavers (thousands) 13.32 12.53 384.00 367.00
* From 1974–75 GCE O-level attainments were graded A-E and candidates with grades A-C are equated to the standard of the former pass.
† GCE O-level grades A-C—including O-level passes on A-level papers—and CSE grade 1.
‡ GCE grades D and E are included.

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