Progress 8: EBacc entries have dropped, and other essential findings from today’s GCSE statistics

The Tes reports the key points from the government’s provisional key stage 4 data.

The Department for Education has released its provisional GCSE data today.  Here are some key points revealed in the new statistics: 

EBacc entry has decreased…

The proportion of pupils entering the EBacc has decreased by 1.5 percentage points since 2016. In 2017, 38.1 per cent of pupils in state schools entered the EBacc compared to 39.6 per cent last year. 
But there has been a large increase of 6.2 percentage points in the percentage of pupils entering for only four pillars of the EBacc – up to 43.7 per cent in 2017 from 37.5 per cent based on equivalent data in 2016.
Of those pupils who entered four of the five EBacc pillars, the majority (80.4 per cent) were missing the languages pillar in 2017. Entries to EBacc languages dropped by 1.7 percentage points in 2017 to 47.3 per cent – this drop in EBacc languages will have impacted on overall EBacc entry.

… and EBacc attainment has also dropped

This year 23.5 per cent of pupils achieved the EBacc by gaining grades 4 or above in English and maths GCSEs and grades C or above in unreformed subject areas. Last year, it was 24.5 per cent –  a drop of 1 percentage point. 

Average Attainment 8 score per pupil has decreased

The average Attainment 8 score per pupil has decreased by 4 points for all schools to 44.2 compared to 2016 – and by 3.8 points for state-funded schools to 46.0.

However, the drops are expected following changes to the 2017 point scores assigned to grades because of the introduction of 9 to 1 GCSEs in performance tables.

Read more provisional GCSE data Progress 8: EBacc entries have dropped, and other essential findings from today’s GCSE statistics

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