Official Statistics

Level 1 and 2 English and maths: 16 to 18 students, 2011 to 2012

Statistics for 16- to 18-year-olds who did not achieve at least a grade C in English and maths at GCSE.


Main text: SFR38/2013

National tables: SFR38/2013

School and college tables: SFR38/2013

Methodology: SFR38/2013


This experimental statistical first release provides information on level 1 and 2 English and mathematics attainment by 16- to 18-year-old students who failed to achieve the key stage 4 standard (A* to C grades at GCSE) in these subjects by academic age 15 during the 2009 to 2010 academic year.

These new measures were announced in the performance tables 2012 statement of intent. From September 2013, students up to age 19 who do not have an A* to C in GCSE English or mathematics will be expected to continue to study towards these qualifications as part of their 16 to 19 study programme. This will become a condition of 16 to 19 participation funding from 2014.

Entries and attainment in all level 1 and 2 English and mathematics qualifications are included within this release and reported separately for each subject. The figures are presented at a national level and for individual schools and colleges along with transition matrices showing national progress according to prior achievement.

For the purpose of this release, national figures report on all 16- to 18-year-olds who had not achieved A* to C in English or mathematics by age 15 during the academic year 2009 to 2010. For institution-level figures, only full-time students in schools and colleges are included. Outcomes for the academic year 2011 to 2012 are reported at academic age 17.

We would welcome your views on both the measures and methodology in this publication of experimental statistics. Please take the time to complete this questionnaire, which closes on 6 December 2013.

The key points from this release are:

In 2009 to 2010, just over a third (34%) of young people failed to meet the standard expected of pupils in English at the end of key stage 4 (A* to C at GCSE) by academic age 15, and 7.1% did not attain a pass grade (A* to G) in GCSE English.

A slightly higher proportion (37%) of young people failed to meet the key stage 4 standard in mathematics (A* to C at GCSE) by academic age 15 compared to English, and 6.7% did not attain a pass grade (A* to G) in GCSE mathematics.


Queries should be directed to:

Rick Baker

Published 10 October 2013