National Statistics

GCSE and equivalent attainment by pupil characteristics: 2013

A statistical first release with revised information on pupil attainment at state-funded schools in 2012 to 2013.


This statistical first release (SFR) provides revised information on GCSE and equivalent attainment for pupils attending state-funded schools in England in the 2012 to 2013 academic year. It is broken down by different pupil characteristics:

  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • eligibility for free school meals
  • disadvantage
  • special educational needs (SEN)
  • English as a first language

The main points from this release are that:

  • girls continue to outperform boys at all the main attainment indicators at key stage 4
  • Chinese pupils remain the highest attaining ethnic group
  • pupils of any black background have seen a large improvement
  • pupils eligible for free school meals, those whose first language is other than English, and pupils with SEN continue to perform less well than their peers

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