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Attainment at age 11 by gender and free school meal status

Key points

  • For any given free school meal status, results at age 11 are better in London schools than in the rest of England for both girls and boys.
  • At age 11, girls attain better than boys throughout the country for any given free school meal status.

11-year-olds not attaining KS2 Level 4 in English & Maths

Proportion of 11 year olds not reaching Level 4 at Key Stage 2, by gender and free school meal status.png

What does this graph show?

This graph compares attainment levels in English and Maths at Key Stage 2 in Inner and Outer London with the rest of England according to whether pupils are entitled to free school meals (FSM). It shows the proportion of pupils not attaining Level 4 at key stage 2, so the higher the bar, the worse the attainment.

For any given FSM status for boys and girls, children in Inner and Outer London are less likely to fall short of Level 4 at Key Stage 2 than children elsewhere in England. 31% of children in Inner London and 38% in Outer London eligible for free school meals do not achieve Level 4 in English and Maths compared to 44% in the rest of England.
For any given FSM status, girls perform better than boys across the country.

The difference in educational attainment between pupils receiving Free School Meals (FSM) and pupils not receiving Free School Meals, i.e. the "FSM gap", is smallest in Inner London, both for girls and boys, around 12 percentage points, compared to 18 percentage points in Outer London and 22 percentage points elsewhere in the country.

For educational attainment within London, see the indicator on attainment by borough.

NOTE: The data on this page may not be the most recent available because this indicator was not updated in our most recent report, published in October 2015. Nevertheless, we have chosen to keep the page live because it tells an important story about poverty in London, and the general pattern described here is unlikely to have changed significantly.

Indicator last updated: 2 December 2015