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May 19, 2009
Figures released quietly on Friday reveal the success of some of the government’s education programmes.
Michael Gove, the Tories’ Education Spokesman, asked the government how children on free school meals (the widely used guide to childrens’ family wealth) had done at A-Level and in their Sats tests (soon to be abolished).
These are the answers he got:
Those on free school meals who sat Maths A-Level:
2004: 554 (13.8%)
2008: 705 (17.1%)
Those on free school meals who sat Further Maths A-Level:
2004: 31 (0.8%)
2008: 53 (1.3%)
Those on free school meals who achieved Level 7 in their KS3 Maths tests:
But it’s not all good news. While Maths has been a big success, English results have actually worsened.
Those on free school meals who achieved Level 7 in their KS3 English tests:
These figures only reflect successes (or otherwise) in English, Maths and Science. Many teachers say the focus on these three subjects came at the expense of other subjects, especially at primary school. Where maths figures appear to be good news, those for modern languages show the inverse. Those getting two language GCSEs at grades A* to C fell from 7.3% of pupils in 1996 to 4.7% in 2008.