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Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Williams of Mostyn: Industrial action by teachers severely affected Key Stage 3 testing arrangements in Wales in 1994 and, to a lesser extent, in 1995. As a result, no reliable figures can be compiled for 1994. Participation was higher in 1995 and national figures for Wales were published for all subjects apart from Welsh. The information requested is shown in the following tables. These figures do not attempt to define an average level of pupil performance. There would be no correspondence between any such average and the National Curriculum level descriptions, which are designed to be rounded descriptions of performance. Average subject ages have not been calculated as a disproportionate cost would be incurred.

The Key Stage 3 results figures relate to children assessed at Key Stage 3: most, but not all, of these children will have become 14 years old during the school year.

Numbers of schools for which Key Stage 3 task/test results
were available

Type of school199519961997
Comprehensive199225225
Independent679

Key Stage 3 test results in Wales, 1995-1997, by type of school

YearNumber of pupils assessedPercentage at level 6 or above
Comprehensive Schools
English
Boys199515,73014
199617,82019
199717,63019
Girls199515,33026
199617,32032
199717,19033
All pupils199531,07020
199635,14026
199734,82026
Mathematics
Boys199516,08029
199617,84031
199717,70035
Girls199515,64029
199617,36032
199717,22034
All pupils199531,72029
199635,20031
199734,93035
Science
Boys199516,16026
199617,91022
199717,71032
Girls199515,65023
199617,38020
199717,22029
All pupils199531,81024
199635,29021
199734,93030
Independent Schools
English
Boys19958019
19964026
19977033
Girls19959049
19968076
199712069
All pupils199517035
199612059
199719055
Mathematics
Boys19957051
19962013
19975060
Girls19956064
19966061
199710069
All pupils199513057
19967051
199715066
Science
Boys19957045
19964042
19975072
Girls 19956030
19964030
19975059
All pupils199513038
19967036
199710065
All Schools (including special schools)
English
Boys199516,01014
199617,94019
199717,95018
Girls 199515,50026
199617,27032
199717,40033
All pupils199531,51020
199635,20026
199735,35026
Mathematics
Boys199516,35029
199617,71031
199717,99035
Girls199515,78029
199617,09032
199717,42034
All pupils199532,14029
199634,80032
199735,41035
Science
Boys199516,48025
199617,93022
199717,99032
Girls199515,81023
199617,19021
199717,37029
All pupils199532,28024
199635,12021
199735,36030

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Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for Wales showing for comprehensive schools, independent schools and all schools taken together, the percentage of all 14 year-old pupils in each of the years 1994 to 1997 passing National Curriculum tests at level 6 or better together with the average level attained per pupil and the corresponding average subject age of pupils, calculated using the relationship between expected National Curriculum level and actual pupil age published by the Department for Education and Employment, in the following subjects: mathematics, English and science, showing separately for state schools the percentages and averages for local education authority schools, voluntary schools (including together voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, and special agreement schools) and grant-maintained schools showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the number of schools and the number of 14 year-old pupils.[HL901]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Industrial action by teachers severely affected Key Stage 3 testing arrangements in Wales in 1994 and, to a lesser extent, in 1995. As a result, no reliable figures can be compiled for 1994. Participation was higher in 1995 and national figures for Wales were published for all subjects apart from Welsh. Figures for all schools are included in a reply I have given today. The other information requested is shown in the following tables. These figures do not attempt to define an average level of pupil performance. There would be no correspondence between any such average and the National Curriculum level descriptions, which are designed to be rounded descriptions of performance. Average subject ages have not been calculated as a disproportionate cost would be incurred.

The Key Stage 3 results figures relate to children assessed at Key Stage 3: most, but not all, of these children will have become 14 years old during the school year.

Numbers of schools of which KS3 task/test results were available

Type of school199519961997
Maintained Comprehensive Schools:199225225
of which: LEA (excluding voluntary aided or controlled)171197197
Voluntary aided or controlled171717
Grant maintained111111


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Key Stage 3 results--LEA Maintained Comprehensive Schools

YearNumber of pupils assessedPercentage at Level 6 or above
English
Boys199513,68014
199615,79019
199715,66018
Girls199513,32026
199615,27031
199715,23032
All pupils199527,00020
199631,07025
199730,89025
Mathematics
Boys199513,99028
199615,82030
199715,73034
Girls199513,61029
199615,32031
199715,26034
All pupils199527,60029
199631,14031
199730,99034
Science
Boys199514,07025
199615,90022
199715,74031
Girls199513,61023
199615,35020
199715,26028
All pupils199527,68024
199631,25021
199731,00030
Voluntary Aided or Controlled Comprehensive Schools
English
Boys19951,22013
19961,16026
19971,12025
Girls19951,22027
19961,21038
19971,20036
All pupils19952,44020
19962,38032
19972,32030
Mathematics
Boys19951,23034
19961,17036
19971,12040
Girls19951,22031
19961,21034
19971,20037
All pupils19952,45032
19962,38035
19972,32038
Science
Boys19951,24027
19961,16025
19971,12034
Girls 19951,22022
19961,21022
19971,20029
All pupils19952,46024
19962,37024
19972,32031
Grant Maintained Comprehensive Schools
English
Boys199583015
199686020
199785022
Girls 199580027
199684038
199776043
All pupils19951,63021
19961,70029
19971,61032
Mathematics
Boys199586036
199685035
199785039
Girls199581035
199683040
199776040
All pupils19951,67035
19961,68038
19971,61039
Science
Boys199586034
199685029
199785035
Girls199581031
199683028
199776035
All pupils19951,67033
19961,67029
19971,61035

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