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Boys in care: GCSE attainment gap England 2010-2015

This statistic shows the differences in the share of boys in care and not in care who achieved 5 or more A*-C grade GCSEs in England from 2010 to 2015. In 2014, approximately 12 percent of male looked after pupils achieved these GCSE grades, compared to 57.2 percent of non-looked after male pupils.

Share of male looked after and non-looked after pupils who achieved 5 or more A*-C GCSEs in England from 2010 to 2015*

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Release date

March 2016


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2010 to 2015

Supplementary notes

*Or equivalent.
"Looked after children" include foster placements, children placed for adoption, placements with parents, other placements in the community, secure units, children's homes and hostels and other residental settings including residential schools continuously for a period of at least 12 months.
**New 2014 methodology applied to 2013/14 data. Two major reforms have been implemented which affect the calculation of key stage 4 (KS4) performance measures data. Professor Alison Wolf’s Review of Vocational Education recommendations which restrict the qualifications counted, prevent any qualification from counting as larger than one GCSE and cap the number of non-GCSEs included in performance measures at two per pupil. There is also an early entry policy to only count a pupil’s first attempt at a qualification. Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England at
***Early entry policy extended to all subjects.

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