October

2014 key stage 2 national curriculum test review outcomes

Department for Education, Statistics

  • This DfE report delivers information on the numbers of marking reviews requested for the 2014 KS2 national curriculum tests, as well as the outcomes of these reviews.
  • Whilst the percentage of level 3-5 tests with review requests, increased slightly this year (from 0.4% of tests in 2013, to 0.5% of tests), the percentage resulting in a subsequent level change decreased from 24% in 2003 to 22.9%.
  • The proportion of level 6 test review applications remained the same as 2013 at 0.4%. However, an increased percentage resulted in a level change (21.9%, compared to 20.4% in 2013).

Further education and skills: statistical first release (update)

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Statistics

  • This SFR contains information on government-funded further education at age 19+, as well as age 16+ Apprenticeships. The provisional 2013/14 data also includes a breakdown for Traineeships.
  • Participation in Apprenticeships has increased year on year, from 444,800 Apprentices in 2008/09 to 868,700 Apprentices in 2012/13. However, this increase has been largely driven by the 19+ age category, as the figures for those below the age of 19 have remained fairly static, with a slight dip in numbers over the last two years.

Secondary and primary school applications and offers: 2014

Department for Education, Statistics

  • This data release offers an overview of school application with information at local authority level. This is based on data from the primary and secondary National Offer Days, with primary level data being provided for the first time this year.
  • The percentage of applicants receiving an offer at their first choice secondary has dropped from 86.7% in 2013, to 85.2%. There was also a decrease in the percentage offered a place at any of their preferred secondary schools (97.8% in 2013, to 96.8% this year).
  • Figures for primary applications cannot be compared to 2013 as this is the first year the data has been provided. However, the figures look to be fairly similar to the secondary level data, with 87.7% offered a place at their first choice primary school, and 96.4% receiving an offer at any of their preferred primary schools.

A level and other level 3 results: 2013 to 2014 (provisional)

Department for Education, Statistics

  • A Level (and other level 3) results for young people aged 16-18 are given here, provisionally. This release will be updated in January 2015, with any amendments. The 16 to 18 performance tables which be published at this time, too.
  • The pass rate for A Levels appears to have remained fairly consistent over the last four years (fluctuating between 98.3% and 98.7%, with this year’s pass rate at 98.5%). However, the proportion of A*-A grades has dropped somewhat in the same period, falling from 27.2% in 2010/11, to 26.4% this year.
  • The gender gap in A*-A grades attained has disappeared, although this is due to a decline in the proportion of females achieving top grades, rather than an increase in the proportion of males.

Provisional GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2013 to 2014

Department for Education, Statistics

  • This SFR gives information on the achievement made by the end of KS4 in England, for the last academic year.
  • Two particular changes have been made to the production of these statistics, which could impact on comparisons with previous years’ data: a restriction on the vocational qualifications included in the performance measures data; and an ‘early entry policy’ which only takes a pupil’s first attempt at a qualification into account.
  • The key finding of note is the decline in the percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more A*-C grade equivalents (including English and mathematics). This has dropped from 59.2% in 2012/3, to 52.6% in the recent academic year. Whilst these comparisons are affected by the changes outlined above, it is also important to note that the 2013/14 percentage, calculated without taking these changes into effect, is still just 56%.

Special educational needs in England: January 2014

Department for Education, Statistics

  • This SFR provides pupil-level data from the school census, including the assessment and placement of pupils with a statement.
  • The data demonstrates a decrease in the percentage of pupils with special educational needs, from 21.1% in 2010, to 17.9%. This appears to be due to a decline in the number of pupils being identified as school action or school action plus.
  • The percentage of pupils with a statement has remained the same (2.8%) for the last 7 years.

Enquiries about results

Ofqual, Statistics

  • This report provides information on the number of enquiries made to exam boards regarding results and the number of resulting grade changes.
  • The number of enquiries made increased by 48% from 2013, with a resulting 20.2% of challenges resulting in a GCSE grade change (up from 19.3% in 2013), and 20.5% resulting in an A Level grade change (stable from 20.4% in 2014).

Consultation on proposals for a new framework for the inspection of schools, further education and skills providers and registered early years settings

Ofsted, Consultations

  • This consultation focuses on Ofsted’s proposals for a new inspection framework for maintained schools, academies, further education and skills providers, non-association independent school and registered early years settings. A wide range of views is being sought in order to ensure that the new inspection framework is suitable for all interested parties.
  • The closing date is 5 December 2014.

Further education and skills: statistics archive

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Statistics

  • This updated archive holds all SFR tables published since January 2014, on government-funded further education at age 19+, as well as age 16+ Apprenticeships.