The number of schools below the floor standard has increased by 83, or 29 per cent according to revised GCSE data released by the Department for Education today.

In 2017 365 schools, or 12 per cent of those eligible, were below the floor standard, compared to 282, or 9.3 per cent of those eligible is 2016. The floor standard remained the same between 2016 and 2017.

London had the lowest proportion of schools below the floor at 6.9 per cent, while the north east had the highest at 20.9 per cent.

The release also showed a decrease in the numbers of schools that are considered to by ‘coasting’.

In 2017, 271 schools me the government’s coasting definition, or 9.6 per cent of those eligible, while the numbers were 319, or 11.3 per cent, in 2016.

London again had the lowest proportion of schools meeting the coasting definition at 3.7 per cent, while the highest proportion was 16.9 per cent in the north east.

The DfE reported a narrowing of the attainment gap between disadvantaged secondary school pupils and their peers by 3.2 per cent since last year and also revealed that the number of students entering a least four of the five subject areas which are part of the Ebacc had risen to 82 per cent last year.

Schools minister Nick Gibb said: “Academic standards are rising in our schools thanks to our reforms and the hard work of teachers, with 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010. Today’s results reinforce this success, with teachers and pupils responding well to the new more rigorous curriculum introduced by this government.

“The attainment gap between the most disadvantaged pupils and their peers has narrowed by 10 per cent since 2011, and more disadvantaged pupils are studying the core academic subjects, ensuring they have the knowledge and skills they need to make the most of their lives.”

Schools Week online coverage of the latest data will continue throughout the day and more in depth analysis can be found in edition 127, published tomorrow.