§ 15. Sir Teddy TaylorTo ask the Secretary of State for Education if she will initiate inquiries into the reasons for the variation in the levels of success in GCSE and A-level exams between(a) Southend-on-Sea, (b) the rest of the county of Essex and (c) England as a whole; and if she will make a statement. [13256]

§ Mr. BoswellThe Government's policies are raising achievement at national level. At school level it is for the headteacher, staff and governors to take appropriate action.

§ Mr. BlunkettTo ask the Secretary of State for Education what percentage of passes at each grade of GCSE, including ungraded, were achieved by pupils of 15 years for all GCSE subjects in 1993–94 and what was the total number of entries. [15105]

§ Mr. ForthThe percentages of passes at each grade of GCSE, including ungraded, achieved by 15–year-old pupils for all GCSE subject entries in England in 1993–94 were as follows:-

Percentage Grade A 3 Grade A 10 Grade B 18 Grade C 20 Grade D 18 Grade E 14 Grade F 9 Grade G 4 Ungraded 4 Total entries 4,266,900.

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§ Mr. BlunkettTo ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the GCSE average point score of pupils aged 15 years and over, as defined in the DFE performance tables, who(a) achieved and (b) failed to achieve at least five GCSEs at each grade of GCSE from

Average GCSE point score 1992–93 Specified result 1993–94 Specified result Achieved Failed Achieved Failed At least 5 grade A 63.1 30.4 63.5 31.6 At least 5 grade B 57.7 26.2 58.1 26.7 At least 5 grade C 51.6 20.2 52.5 20.6 At least 5 grade D 47.0 14.6 47.8 14.6 At least 5 grade E 43.0 9.3 44.0 9.0 At least 5 grade F 40.2 5.3 41.1 4.6 At least 5 grade G 38.6 3.4 39.8 2.8

Numbers and percentage of 15-year-old pupils 1992–93 Achieved result 1993–94 Achieved result Number Percentage Number Percentage At least 5 grade A 43,884 8.4 47,690 9.0 At least 5 grade B 113,820 21.8 131,358 24.7 At least 5 grade C 215,068 41.2 230,636 43.3 At least 5 grade D 298,536 57.1 318,827 59.9 At least 5 grade E 368,929 70.6 387,155 72.7 At least 5 grade F 416,574 79.7 434,987 81.7 At least 5 grade G 440,416 84.3 455,704 85.6 Total 15-year-old pupils 522,447 532,273

§ Mr. BlunkettTo ask the Secretary of State for Education what was the GCSE average point score of pupils aged 15 years and over, as defined in the DFE performance tables, who(a) achieved and (b) failed to achieve at least one GCSE at each grade of GCSE from

Average GCSE point score 1992–93 Specified result 1993–94 Specified result Achieved Failed Achieved Failed At least 1 grade A 53.7 24.9 54.7 25.8 At least 1 grade B 48.3 18.8 49.2 18.9 At least grade C 43.0 11.5 44.4 11.8 At least grade D 39.4 5.7 40.9 5.6 At least grade E 37.1 1.8 38.8 1.8 At least grade F 36.0 0.2 37.7 0.2 At least grade G 35.6 0.0 37.4 0.0 160W

Numbers and percentage of pupils aged 15 in each group 1992–93 Achieved result 1993–94 Achieved result Number Percentage Number Percentage At least 1 grade A 149,112 28.5 159,729 30.0 At least 1 grade B 252,959 48.4 272,981 51.3 At least 1 grade C 357,812 68.5 370,475 69.6 At least 1 grade D 424,729 81.3 435,554 81.8 At least 1 grade E 463,191 88.7 469,727 88.2 At least 1 grade F 480,170 91.9 485,895 91.3 At least 1 grade G 485,618 93.0 490,893 92.3 Total 15-year-olds 522,447 532.273 grades (i) A to G and (ii) A to F, giving the numbers of each group and its percentage of the whole for all secondary schools in 1993 and 1994. [15107]

§ Mr. ForthThe information requested is as follows:

grades (i) A to G and (ii) A to F, giving the numbers of each group and its percentage of the whole for all secondary schools in 1993 and 1994. [15106]