Labour’s children fail to make the grade at GCSE: Half leave school unable to read, write or add properly

Fewer than half of teenagers finish compulsory schooling with a basic set of GCSE qualifications and one in five fails to gain a single C grade, official figures revealed yesterday. Results for the first pupils to go through their entire education under Labour show that more than 340,000 16-year-olds failed to meet the Government’s secondary school benchmark – five GCSEs at C grade or higher including English and maths.

More than 135,000 failed to achieve even one C grade last summer.Nearly a third of these schools expect to remain in the doldrums at least until 2010 – putting them at grave risk of closure, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Last year, just 47.6 per cent of candidates finished compulsory schooling with a basic mastery of the three Rs and three other GCSE subjects or their vocational equivalent.

Results were up on 2007 but progress is half what it needs to be if ministers are to meet a 53 per cent Treasury target set for 2011. The figures also showed that 21 per cent of pupils failed to achieve a single C grade in any GCSE subject, although five per cent achieved C grade standards in vocational qualifications deemed equivalent. At the other end of the spectrum, one in seven schoolchildren – 14.2 per cent – achieved three A grades at A-level.

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