1 in 15 Students Pass Five Exams Including GCSE Maths

Written by I Teach UK Private Tuition on December 7, 2012. Posted in Educational News

A shockingly low number of just one in 15 (6.5%)of pupils starting secondary school in England “behind” for their age goes on to get five good GCSEs including GCSE English and GCSE Maths, official data shows. This data was published by the government as part of the secondary school league tables.

GCSE Maths & GCSE English Exam Benchmarks

Nationally 58.2% of pupils reach the five good GCSEs benchmark. Minister Nick Gibb said schools which let pupils down would be tackled.

The data published by the Department for Education covers over 5000 secondary schools in England. Four times as much data has been published about each one, compared with last year.

Much of the information is broken down by pupil type, with scores offered for low, medium and high-attaining pupils, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as non-disadvantaged.

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds (those on free school meals or in local authority care) do less well than those from non-disadvantaged backgrounds. Bottom of Form

Only a third (34%) of these students achieve the government’s benchmark of five GCSEs – or equivalent qualifications – graded A* to C, including English and Maths.

In 909 schools, not one low-attaining pupil (those who did not reach Level 4 at the end of primary school) reached this threshold.

At the other end of the spectrum, 95% of pupils who started school “ahead” for their age (achieving Level 5 at the end of primary school) got five good GCSEs, including English and maths.

And of those who started school at the expected level for their age, (Level 4 at the end of primary school) some 45.6% failed to progress to five good GCSEs.

Overall, 58.2% of pupils in England’s state schools got five good GCSEs including English and maths (including equivalent qualifications).

With these shocking statistics it shows how vital it is to ensure that your child is reaching their full potential at a much younger age.

Many parents turn to private tuition to try and boost GCSE results in the last couple of years of school, but this government report highlights that this may be too late, and early intervention might be a better option.

If students had a private tutor from a younger age, and achieved a higher level when leaving primary school,, then it is statistically shown that they will be more likely to achieve five good grades at GCSE including Maths and English.

This could also impact on the finances of their parents who are paying considerable sums of money for last minute private tutoring, which may be too late.

I Teach-UK Exam Preparation

I Teach-UK can help combat these worrying findings by offering tailored courses for primary age students. This can range from private tutoring in your own home, or at our Wigan study centre away from distractions. I Teach-UK also offers small group sessions as a cost effective way of boosting performance without the cost of private tutoring and exam preparation assistance.


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