April

Interim minimum standards

The DfE’s interim minimum standards, now part of the Post-16 LPUK Datadashboard, apply to the 2011/12 academic year and cover all schools and colleges for 16- to 18-year-olds. Schools’ and colleges’ performance in A levels, other academic and vocational qualifications taken at level 3 will be used to identify poor performance. In the 2011/12 academic year, a school sixth form or college will be seen as underperforming if its results show that:

  • Fewer than 40% of students achieve an average point score per entry in vocational qualifications set equal to the fifth percentile of providers nationally. In 2011/12 the fifth percentile was 194 points per entry; or
  • Fewer than 40% of students achieve an average point score per entry in academic qualifications set equal to the fifth percentile of providers nationally. In 2011/12 the fifth percentile was 172 points per entry.

Qualifications included

The standards are based on all level 3 qualification entries that students aged 16-18 take in schools and colleges. The standards use the same data that are reported in the KS5 performance tables.

Each level 3 qualification is defined as either a vocational or an academic qualification.

Further Education Providers

All maintained mainstream providers of further education included in the KS5 performance tables are in scope for the application of these standards. That includes local authority maintained school sixth forms, academy school sixth forms, 16-19 Academies, UTCs, Studio Schools, sixth-form colleges and general FE colleges. However any provider with fewer than 11 students taking either vocational or academic qualifications will be excluded from the corresponding minimum standard.

Students included

Students are considered separately for academic and vocational minimum standards. To be included in the academic/vocational minimum standards calculations, a student must be between 16-18 and have been entered for at least one level 3 academic/vocational qualification with a size, based on guided learning hours, equivalent to at least one A Level, during the 2011/2012 academic year. 

Further information can be found on the DfE's website.