FREE SCHOOL MEALS AND GCSE PERFORMANCE
Michael Goves main line of attack on the government when he was Shadow Education Secretary was that education reforms and investment had largely bypassed those pupils on free school meals. So, what are the latest figures? 30.9 per cent of pupils eligible for FSM achieved 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs, compared to 58.5 per cent of pupils not known to be eligible for FSM. Not good.
Source:DfE: GCSE and Equivalent Attainment by Pupil Characteristics in England, 2009/10