Boys fall behind girls at 14
This is the first year that the Government has released figures showing teachers' assessments of how their 14-year-olds did in the "non-core" subjects. These showed that half the pupils reached the expected standard in history, geography, design and technology, information technology and foreign languages. Three-quarters met the standard in art and PE and two-thirds in music.
But the results also reveal that girls are doing substantially better than boys - a phenomenon later confirmed at GCSE level. In design and technology, for example, 49 per cent of boys reached level 5 as opposed to 64 per cent of girls. In geography, the figures were 54 per cent of boys at level 5 and 63 per cent of girls.