March

Pupil absence in schools in England: 2012 to 2013

  • Department for Education, Statistical First Release
  • Provides information on absence in schools, city technology colleges and academies during the 2012/13 academic year, reporting the levels of absence by school type and pupil characteristics.
  • Persistent absentee rates have been steadily declining since 2009, absence rates have been decreasing since 2009 at a low rate, but there was a 0.1% increase between 2012 and 2013, brought on by primary and special schools. Absence for family holidays accounted for 11.4 % of all absences
  • Higher absence is reported for FSM and SEN pupils as well as in the most deprived areas.

Level 2 and 3 attainment by young people aged 19 in 2013

  • Department for Education, Statistical First Release
  • Includes national and local authority statistics on overall level 2 and 3 attainment by age, cohort, qualification type and institution type as well as breakdowns by gender, ethnicity, SEN and FSM.
  • The percentage of 19-year-olds attaining Level 2 or higher, Level 2 in English and maths and Level 3 continues to increase. The progression rate between 16 and 19, i.e. the proportion who did not achieve GCSE A*-C or equivalent in English and maths at age 16 who had achieved both by age 19, fell by 2% between 2012 and 2013.

Participation in education, training and employment, age 16 to 18

  • Department for Education, update of Statistical First Release from June 2013 – additional regional and local authority data tables are included.
  • Provides provisional 2012 estimates of participation in education, training and employment for 16, 17 and 18 year olds in England.
  • The proportion of 16-18 year olds in full-time education decreased by 1.4% between 2011 and 2013 which was caused mainly by the fall of the percentage of 18-year-olds attending higher education institutions. The proportion of 16-18 year olds NEET slightly decreased.

PISA 2012 Results: Creative Problem Solving: Students’ skills in tackling real-life problems

  • OECD
  • England’s 15-year-old pupils performed “significantly above average” in the problem solving skills test which is part of PISA. In the rankings, England is 11th, the second highest in Europe behind Finland.

Ofsted, Inspection of maintained schools and academies: consultation on the introduction of separate graded judgements on early school years and the sixth form from September 2014

  • Following a proposition to introduce separate graded judgments on the quality of nursery and reception and post-16 provision in its school inspection reports, Ofsted opened consultation on this topic. The closing date for the consultation is Tuesday 13 May 2014.

FE data library, Skills Funding Agency (SFA)

Equality and diversity

Data on participation and success rates of apprentices and adult learners broken down by ethnicity, gender, disabilities and age

Education and training

Data on education and training participation and achievements broken down by sector subject areas, participation by gender, age, ethnicity, disability participation

Skills for life

Information on starts and achievements for skills for life qualifications and is broken down into a number of key reports

Community learning

Information on community learning through skills for life qualifications by participation and achievements; range of community based and outreach learning opportunities

Workplace learning

Includes data on a broad range of training from basic skills to Level 2, Level 3 and other higher-level skills such as Leadership and Management, delivered mainly through the workplace

Qualifications in the population based on the labour force survey

Local authority tables

FE and schools learner participation breakdown by local authority

Vocational qualifications

Data on vocational qualifications by level, type, academic year and geography


Updates of statistical first releases by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA):

Further education and skills

FE data library: further education and skills

FE data library: apprenticeships


DfE Transparency Data

Attainment Gap between FSM Pupils and the Rest at ages 11, 16 and 19

Percentage of young people not attaining Level 2 in English and Maths by age 16 but achieving it by age 19

Percentage of young people attaining a full level 3 qualification by age 19