The latest breakdowns for this year's GCSE results released by the Department for Education reveal a small decrease in the number of children achieving 5 GCSE's A*-C (including English and maths), but an increase in the number of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate.
The proportion of pupils achieving the current government benchmark of 5 GCSEs at A*-C (including English and maths) was 58.6% for 2012/13, which is slightly down from last year's 59.4%. The highest achievement was in Kensington & Chelsea which saw 80% of its pupils achieving this target.
There was however a significant increase in the proportion of pupils who achieved the English Baccalaureate (at least a C in English, maths, science, a foreign language, and history or geography) from 18% last year, to 23% this year. This increase will largely be due to the 10 percentage point increase in the number of pupils that were entered into the eligible subjects, from 25% to 35% of all students.
The gender attainment gap has not improved this year, with girls 15 percentage points more likely to achieve at least a C in English than boys (up from 14 percentage points last year), while the gap in mathematics has remained the same, with girls only one percentage point more likely to achieve at least a C compared to boys.
The proportion of pupils making expected progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 was 70.1% in English and 70.6% in maths, with girls more likely to make expected progress than boys in both subjects. While this shows an increase for mathematics (from 64.8% last year), it shows a slight decrease in English (from 71.8%) last year.