September

Further education and skills inspections and outcomes & Maintained schools and academies inspections and outcomes

Ofsted, Official Statistics Release

  • These pages contain the latest release of statistics on the inspection of further education and skills providers, as well as maintained schools and academies in England.
  • Covering the period of 1 April 2014 to 30 June 2014, they include key findings, charts and tables in both pdf and Excel format as well as individual provider-level data.
  • Of 77 inspections of further education and skills providers, three of these (4%) were deemed outstanding, whilst one was judged as inadequate.
  • A 2% increase was seen this quarter, in maintained schools and academies judged good or outstanding (from 65% in the previous quarter, to 67%).

Children with special educational needs: an analysis – 2014

Department for Education, Statistics

  • This analysis comprises statistics on pupils with special educational needs. This includes attainment, destinations, tribunal appeals, school absence and exclusions.
  • Of particular note was the finding that pupils with SEN are much more likely to be absent or excluded, with 7.9% of pupils at School Action Plus receiving a fixed period exclusion, compared to 1.1% of pupils without SEN.

Level 1 and 2 English and maths: 16 to 18 students - 2012 to 2013

Department for Education, Statistics

  • This experimental Statistical First Release focuses on the English and maths qualifications entered and achieved by students aged 16-18 who did not achieve a GCSE grade A* to C by the end of KS4.
  • It found that at age 16-18, only 7.9% of these students had improved on their English GCSE grade, whilst just 9.3% had gone on to improve their maths grade.

Publications Notice – Ofqual publishes Perceptions of A Levels, GCSEs and Other Qualifications in England – Wave 12

Ofqual, Publications Notice

  • This publication covers the findings of Ofqual’s annual survey on Perceptions of A Levels, GCSEs and Other Qualifications in England.
  • The study (conducted by YouGov) focused on headteachers, teachers, students, parents and the general public, with views being gathered via an online survey.
  • Sixty-eight per cent of all respondents reported confidence in the A level system, with 81% of headteachers regarding the A level as a ‘trusted qualification’, compared to 59% of the general public.

Science, technology, engineering and maths: research with young people

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Publications

  • This report looks at the attitudes and mindsets of young people (aged 14-17) in relation to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
  • It covers how STEM is perceived by young people, parents and teachers as well as the ways in which this affects subject and career choice.
  • When asked which criteria were important when considering future career options, 45% of the young people expressed interest in a job where they can make an impact, with 42% seeking a job that earns respect from others.

Reformed GCSE and A level subject content consultation

Department for Education, Consultation

  • This consultation seeks views on proposed subject content for qualifications which will be introduced from September 2016.
  • This will shape the regulations for minimum requirements for knowledge, understanding and skills for GCSE and A level qualifications.
  • The consultation closes on 20 November 2014.

FE data library: apprenticeships

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Statistical data set

  • Updated from March 2014
  • This statistical data set provides information on apprenticeships through a number of reports broken down by starts, achievements, sector, framework, geography, gender, age and others.

Further education and skills: statistical first release

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Statistics - national statistics

  • Updated from June 2013
  • Success rates for 2012 to 2013 and provisional further education and skills data for the first 9 months of 2013 to 2014 academic year.