New figures show how far Norfolk schools have to go in English baccalaureate

The challenge facing Norfolk's schools is laid bare today by figures showing the proportion of 16-year-olds who got the government's new English Baccalaureate qualification last year.

The EBacc is a new measure introduced by ministers last year, measuring how many children get at least a C grade GCSE in English, maths, double science, A modern foreign language and history or geography.

Today, for the first time, the government published school-by-school figures, showing how each institution performed in every subject - and how many children were entered for each subject.

Data showing how many youngsters achieved the EBacc shows that in 21 schools, 10pc or below got it in 2010.

Only one state school, Wymondham College, saw more than half make the mark, with 52pc qualifying for the EBacc.

Nationally, thousands of teenagers had no chance of getting it at all. At 175 state schools, not one pupil was entered for all five of the traditional subjects counted in the new measure.

The information has come out with the publication of masses of new detail on schools' exam performance. Parents are now able to see how local schools are doing on all 84 GCSE subjects.

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The additional league tables data, published by the government, is an update to the secondary school league tables released in January and allows people to see which of their local schools perform best for particular subjects.

It also shows which schools might owe their league table positions to less academic subjects which are 'counted' as GCSEs. Some vocational courses are equivalent to four GCSEs.

? For a full report of what the figures mean to Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, including shocking news about a district-level education divide, see tomorrow's paper.