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The Education (School Performance and Unauthorised Absence Targets) (Wales) Regulations 1999

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Performance Targets for pupils who will attain the age of 16 years

6.—(1) This regulation applies to every school where education is provided which is suitable to the requirements of pupils who have attained the age of 15 years.

(2) The governing body of a school to which this regulation applies shall, by no later than 31st December in every school year, set the targets specified in paragraph (3) for each of the achievements specified in paragraph (4) in connection with the performance in examinations of pupils who will attain the age of 16 years during the school year in which they take those examinations.

(3) The targets referred to in paragraph (2) are–

(a)final targets in connection with the performance of the relevant group of pupils who will attain the age of 16 years, in examinations to be administered at or near the end of the following school year, being the reviewed targets set in the previous school year but revised if the governing body deem it necessary to do so;

(b)reviewed targets in examinations to be administered at or near the end of the school year next but one, being the provisional targets set in the previous school year but revised if the governing body deem it necessary to do so; and

(c)provisional targets in examinations to be administered at or near the end of the school year next but two.

(4) The achievements referred to in paragraph (2) are–

(a)the percentage of pupils to achieve the core subject indicator;

(b)either–

(i)the percentage of girls and the percentage of boys respectively to achieve the core subject indicator; or

(ii)the difference between the percentage of girls and the percentage of boys respectively to achieve the core subject indicator;

(c)the percentage of pupils to achieve any grade from A* to C in five or more subjects in GCSE examinations;

(d)the percentage of pupils to achieve any grade from A* to G in five or more subjects in GCSE examinations; and

(e)the percentage of pupils to leave school without achieving either any grade from A* to G in GCSE examinations or passing any CoEA examinations.

(5) In paragraph (4)–

(a)references to pupils achieving particular grades in GCSE examinations shall be construed for the purposes of those provisions so as to include references to pupils achieving corresponding awards in an equivalent number of vocational qualifications or GCSE short course examinations; and

(b)references to pupils leaving school do not include pupils transferring to another educational institution on a full-time basis.

(6) Schedule 1 shall have effect for determining, for the purposes only of this regulation and regulation 9, questions as to–

(a)which vocational qualification award corresponds to which GCSE examination grade;

(b)the equivalency between GCSE examination results and vocational qualifications; and

(c)the equivalency between GCSE examination results and GCSE short course examination results.

(7) In paragraph (3)(a) above “the relevant group of pupils who will attain the age of 16 years” in relation to a school and to any school year, means all persons–

(a)who the governing body anticipate will be registered pupils at that school on the Schools' Census enumeration date in the following school year, and

(b)who will attain the age of 16 years during that following school year.

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