Teenagers charged with knife possession offences achieve poorer results at GCSE or equivalent level compared with the entire pupil population but also other types of offenders, official analysis has revealed.
Just under 50% of young offenders who have committed knife possession offences attained five or more GCSEs with an A* to G grade, compared with 90% of all pupils, just over 60% of all offenders and 55% of theft offenders, according to a report from the Ministry of Justice and Department for Education.
The study also found that more than 40% of knife possession offenders were eligible for free school meals, compared with 15% for all pupils, just under 35% for all offenders and just over 35% for theft offenders.
The study, based on a group of pupils who reached the end of key stage 4 in 2012-13, aims to provide greater insight into the backgrounds of offenders. But it made clear the analysis did not imply a link between educational outcomes and offending.