§ Mr. Barnett
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) by how much the proportion of children being educated in grammar schools fell between 1969 and 1982;
(2) by how much the proportion of children passing one or more A-levels rose from 1969 to 1982;
(3) by how much the proportion of children obtaining one or more higher grades at O-level increased between 1969 and 1982;
(4) what proportion of school leavers left school with no graded result in O-level or CSE in 1971–72; and what proportion of school leavers left with no graded result in the same examinations in 1982–83.
§ Mr. Dunn
Between 1969–70 and 1982–83 in England: the proportion of maintained secondary school pupils in grammar schools fell from 19.9 per cent. to 3.1 per cent. (a decrease from 568.5 thousand to 117.1 thousand grammar school pupils); the proportion of young people with one or more A-level passes from schools or further education increased from 16.8 per cent. to 20.4 per cent. (an increase from 103.9 thousand to 161.4 thousand so qualified); the proportion of school leavers obtaining one or more higher grades at O-level/CSE increased from 43.3 per cent. to 54.6 per cent. (an increase from 250.5 thousand to 418.1 thousand).
The proportion of school leavers in England with no graded result at O-level/CSE fell from 43.0 per cent. in 23W 1971–72 to 9.6 per cent. in 1982–83, a fall from 261.1 thousand to 73.6 thousand in those with no O-level or CSE qualification.