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Attainment at age 16 in England by free school meal status

Attainment at 16 in England is much lower for pupils receiving free school meals

Attainment at age 16 in England by free school meal status

Data source: GCSE and equivalent attainment by pupil characteristics in England, Department for Education

Free school meals (FSM) are available to children whose parents or guardians are in receipt of an out-of-work-benefit. As such, it is often used as a measure of poverty.

The attainment gap between those eligible and ineligible for FSM has decreased by around one percentage point since 2008/09. Of those eligible for free school meals in 2013, 61.9% did not achieve at least 5 GCSEs A* to C (including English and Maths) compared to 35.2% of pupils not eligible for free school meals.

Updated: 04 August 2014

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