Number of pupils taught in underperforming secondary schools falls


The number of pupils taught in underperforming secondary schools has fallen by almost 250,000 in four years, according to new statistics by the government.

The statistics show that 154 secondary schools are below the floor this year, and therefore considered to be under-performing, collectively educating almost 120,000 children.

At these schools, less than 40 per cent of their pupils are gaining at least five GCSEs at grade C or higher, including English and maths, and students are not making good enough progress in these two core subjects.

In total, about 117,000 youngsters are being educated in the 154 schools that are not reaching the Government’s 40 per cent GCSE benchmark – down 50,000 from 2012 and down 244,000 from 2010.

The latest tables also include figures on the number of pupils achieving the Government’s flagship English Baccalaureate (EBacc) measure. A DfE analysis of the data found that this year, 202,000 pupils were entered for the EBacc, compared with 130,000 in 2012.

In 735 secondaries, more than half of pupils were entered for the EBacc, and in 237 secondaries more than 50 per cent of students achieved the EBacc.

The statistics show that:

  • 72,000 more pupils took the EBacc than in 2012. In total, 202,000 pupils entered the EBacc (35% of the total), up from 130,000 (23%) in 2012
  • in 735 schools, at least half of the pupils took the EBacc - more than double the 334 schools where that was the case in 2012
  • no pupil entered the EBacc in just 37 secondary schools - down from 120 in 2012
  • 23% of pupils in state-funded schools achieved the EBacc this year, up from 16% last year
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