February

Characteristics of children in need in England: 2012 to 2013

  • Department for Education, update of Statistical First Release published in October 2013
  • Provides information on the numbers of children referred to and assessed by children's social services for the year ending March 2013.
  • Includes local authority and national information on rates of SEN and FSM, attainment at KS2 and KS4 and progress between these key stages, absence and exclusion rates.
  • Compared to previous year there were fewer referrals to children’s social services and fewer initial assessments were completed, but more children were in need and more children became the subject of a child protection plan.
  • Click here to read the release.

NEET statistics quarterly brief: October to December 2013

  • Department for Education and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Statistical First Release
  • Provides information on the numbers and percentages of young people not in education, employment, or training (NEET) from October to December 2013 (quarter 4).
  • Trend data show that after the fall in the proportion of NEETs in the mid-1990s, the percentage of 16-18 NEET stays around 9-10%.
  • Among regions, North East had the highest proportion of 16-18-year old NEETS in 2013, while London and East Midlands had the lowest.
  • Click here to read the release.

Learner participation, outcomes and level of highest qualification: January 2014

  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) statistical first release, published by The Data Service.
  • Includes data on adult government-funded further showing that the overall 2012/13 education and training success rate increased to 86.8%, by 2.9% compared to 2011/12.
  • Includes data on all 16+ apprenticeships in England showing that the overall 2012/13 apprenticeship success rate decreased to 72.3%, by 1.5% compared to 2011/12.
  • Provides trend data from 2008 to 2013 and provisional data for the first quarter of the 2013/14 academic year.
  • Click here to read the release.

Apprenticeships/ Workplace learning/ Classroom learning: qualification success rates 2012 to 2013

  • Skills Funding Agency, Statistical First Release
  • Provides guidance, business rules and technical specification for the qualification success rates which measure the quality of each programme in a particular academic year.
  • Click to read the release on Apprenticeships, Workplace learning and Classroom learning.

FE data library: Apprenticeships/ further education and skills

  • Skills Funding Agency, Statistical First Releases
  • The apprenticeships data library includes a series of tables with apprenticeships data broken down by starts, achievements, sector, framework, geography, gender, age, etc.
  • The further education and skills data library includes a series of tables with data on learners in further education colleges, learners studying courses in their local community and employees undertaking an apprenticeship and other qualifications in the workplace.
  • Where available, tables include trend data up to 2003.
  • Click to read the release on apprenticeships and further education and skills.

Why do Ofsted inspectors observe individual lessons and how do they evaluate teaching in schools?

  • Ofsted resource
  • This document explains Ofsted's approach to lesson observation and evaluation of teaching in schools to avoid misconceptions about why and how inspectors gather evidence about teaching and how that contributes to the overall judgement on the quality of teaching in a school.
  • Click here to read the document.

2014 cycle applicant figures (Interim) February

  • UCAS, Statistical release
  • Shows interim applicant totals in the 2014 UCAS application cycle as well as applicant totals in February in previous cycles broken down by applicants’ permanent residence.
  • The data show an overall increase of approximately 4% in the number of applicants to date compared to the 2013 application cycle.
  • Click here to read the release.

Students in Higher Education Institutions 2012/13

  • Higher Education Statistical Agency, press release
  • Includes the analysis of HE students showing there were 2,340,275 students studying at higher education institutions in the UK in 2012/13 and of these 425,265 were students from outside the UK.
  • Click here to read the release.