Pupils: Disadvantaged:Written question - 49072

Q
Asked by Royston Smith
(Southampton, Itchen)
Asked on: 18 October 2016
Department for Education
Pupils: Disadvantaged
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of pupils from white working class backgrounds in (a) selective, (b) non-selective and (c) state boarding schools achieved the highest value added scores in the most recent academic year.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 10 November 2016

Information is provided for white pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals. This is an indicator of economic deprivation which is available for 2014/15 and has frequently been used to approximate the ‘white working class’.

Pupils at the end of key stage 4 in fully selective schools and in boarding schools in 2014/15 are compared with those at the end of key stage 4 in all other state-funded mainstream schools. Pupils in Further Education Sector Institutions are excluded from this analysis. It should be noted that a small number of comprehensive schools use an element of selection in their admissions at the secondary phase.

The proportion of such pupils with a Best 8 Value Added score greater than the national average from each school type is given. The table below shows figures for 2014/15, the latest year for which information is available, for a) selective schools, b) non-selective schools and c) boarding schools.

White pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

Selective schools

Non-selective schools

Boarding schools

Proportion with a Best 8 Value Added score greater than the national average

61.6%

36.5%

35.6%

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