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Collective Worship in Schools

Lord Dormand of Easington asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone): The School Standards and Framework Bill applies the existing requirements for collective worship to the new school framework. There are no plans to change those requirements.

Education Action Zones

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Blackstone: The 30 March statement was on the authority of Her Majesty's Government. The statutory definition of education action zones is set out in the Schools Standards and Framework Bill. If the relevant provisions do not receive Royal Assent, or if Royal Assent is delayed, the action zone programme will be established on a voluntary basis.

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many applications to establish education action zones have been received; and[HL1340]

    How many action zone applications include local education authorities as (a) primary sponsor/partner or (b) constituent partner; and[HL1341]

    Of all the applications to date, what is (a) the least and (b) the largest number of schools within an action zone.[HL1342]

Baroness Blackstone: Sixty applications were received by the closing date of 20 March. These are currently being assessed. I will write to the noble Baroness when the relevant information is available.

Baroness Blatch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How much officials' time in man days has been allocated to visit each education action zone area to evaluate the application.[HL1339]

Baroness Blackstone: Time will be found within officials' responsibilities to meet this priority initiative.

GCSE: Analysis of Results 1960-1997

Baroness Seccombe asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for England showing for comprehensive schools, modern schools, grammar schools, all state schools, independent schools and all schools separately, the percentage of all 16 year-old pupils in each of the years 1960 to 1997 passing GCSE examinations with grades A* to C or GCE O-level examinations with grades A to C (including CSE passes at grade 1), in the following subjects: mathematics, English or English language, English literature, sciences (showing separately percentages for Single Award Science or science, Double Award Science, physics, chemistry and biology), French, history and geography, showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including for each category of school each year, the number of schools and the number of 16 year-old pupils.[HL1237]

Baroness Blackstone: I refer the noble Baroness to the previous Answer given on 10 February 1998, Official Report, cols. 169 to 178. Data prior to 1994 cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate costs.

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Baroness Seccombe asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for England showing for comprehensive schools, modern schools, grammar schools, all state schools, independent schools and all schools separately, the percentage of all 16 year-old pupils in each of the years 1960 to 1997 passing GCSE examinations with grades A* to C or GCE O-level examinations with grades A to C (including CSE passes at grade 1), for the following combinations of subjects: mathematics and English; mathematics, English and one science; mathematics, English, one science, French and either history or geography; showing data for each combination of subjects separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including for each category of school, the number of schools and the number of 16 year-old pupils.[HL1238]

Baroness Blackstone: I refer the noble Baroness to the previous Answer given on 9 February 1998, Official Report, cols. 151 to 154. Data prior to 1994 cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate costs.

Baroness Seccombe asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for England showing for comprehensive schools, modern schools, grammar schools, all state schools, independent schools and all schools separately, the percentage of all 16 year-old pupils in each of the years 1960 to 1997 obtaining five or more passes in GCSE examinations with grades A* to C or in GCE O-level examinations with grades A to C (including CSE passes at grade 1), showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the number of schools and the number of 16 year-old pupils.[HL1239]

Baroness Blackstone: I refer the noble Baroness to the previous Answer given on the 9 February 1998, Official Report, cols. 155 to 156. I attach a copy for ease of reference. Data prior to 1994 cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate costs.

A-level: Analysis of Results 1960-1997

Lord Pilkington of Oxenford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish data for England for the number and the percentage of A-level entrants and the percentage of the 18 year-old cohort obtaining two or more A-levels, three or more A-levels and three or more A-levels at grade A for comprehensive schools, grammar schools, modern schools, independent schools, sixth form colleges, other further education schools and colleges, all state institutions and all institutions in each of the years 1960 to 1997 showing data separately for boys, girls and all students and including, for each category of institution, the number of students entering for two or more A-levels.[HL1234]

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Baroness Blackstone: The information requested in respect of GCE A/AS achievements from 1994 is shown

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in the attached tables. Data prior to 1994 cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate costs.

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GCE A/AS achievements of 17 year-old students attempting 2 or more GCE A-levels or AS equivalents

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1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97
BoysGirlsTotalBoysGirlsTotalBoysGirlsTotalBoysGirlsTotal
Comprehensive Schools
Number attempting 2 or more GCE A/AS33,17237,88371,05532,49237,63970,13133,87338,30072,17336,36941,89178,260
Percentage achieving 2 or more passes80.381.881.182.584.183.384.487.285.986.488.887.7
Percentage achieving 3 or more passes57.257.757.560.661.361.063.665.964.865.367.966.7
Percentage achieving 3 Grade A passes5.23.74.45.64.24.85.44.75.15.54.44.9
Selective Schools
Number attempting 2 or more GCE A/AS6,3847,06413,4486,8077,36114,1686,9537,46414,4177,7718,14115,912
Percentage achieving 2 or more passes92.192.592.393.893.493.694.795.295.095.496.596.0
Percentage achieving 3 or more passes77.976.877.381.279.280.284.383.984.185.286.185.7
Percentage achieving 3 Grade A passes11.78.39.912.99.511.112.510.211.312.011.011.5
Modern Schools
Number attempting 2 or more GCE A/AS3755739483945729663564878434216161,037
Percentage achieving 2 or more passes61.166.564.367.368.568.070.877.074.475.380.078.1
Percentage achieving 3 or more passes31.531.631.538.134.135.738.242.540.739.242.241.0
Percentage achieving 3 Grade A passes0.50.30.41.01.01.01.10.20.60.70.50.6
Independent Schools
Number attempting 2 or more GCE A/AS14,98812,63627,62615,05612,48427,54015,18813,19028,37815,52113,50429.025
Percentage achieving 2 or more passes93.994.194.094.695.094.895.796.496.096.096.896.4
Percentage achieving 3 or more passes82.781.982.484.283.984.086.486.486.487.287.687.4
Percentage achieving 3 Grade A passes16.313.715.118.015.016.617.815.416.718.116.517.3
Sixth Form Colleges
Number attempting 2 or more GCE A/AS12,26315,02127,28412,64515,46028,10513,18816,55429,74214,35018,39132,741
Percentage achieving 2 or more passes82.885.684.383.987.585.985.489.187.488.091.189.7
Percentage achieving 3 or more passes59.961.961.062.866.264.665.070.468.068.772.871.0
Percentage achieving 3 Grade A passes5.04.24.66.04.85.45.75.65.76.04.85.3
Other FE Sector Colleges
Number attempting 2 or more GCE A/AS8,19912,31420,5138,10912.12620,2358,32512,19420,5198,61113,13621,747
Percentage achieving 2 or more passes71.675.473.973.176.675.274.679.577.577.181.079.4
Percentage achieving 3 or more passes45.147.146.348.149.849.150.553.052.051.455.153.6
Percentage achieving 3 Grade A passes3.42.22.73.42.42.83.12.42.73.41.92.5
Maintained Schools & FE Sector Colleges
Number attempting 2 or more GCE A/AS60,39772,858133,25560,44773,159133,60662,69675,000137,69667,53082,187149,717
Percentage achieving 2 or more passes80.782.481.782.784.483.684.487.185.886.588.887.7
Percentage achieving 3 or more passes58.258.458.361.662.061.864.366.465.566.468.667.6
Percentage achieving 3 Grade A passes5.63.94.76.24.55.35.95.15.56.14.75.3
All schools & FE Sector Colleges
Number attempting 2 or more GCE A/AS75,38585,496160,88175,50385,643161,14677,88488,190166,07483,05195,691178,742
Percentage achieving 2 or more passes83.484.283.885.185.985.586.688.587.688.389.989.1
Percentage achieving 3 or more passes63.061.962.466.165.265.668.669.469.070.371.370.8
Percentage achieving 3 Grade A passes7.75.46.58.56.07.28.26.67.48.36.47.3

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