February

GCSE and equivalent attainment by pupil characteristics: 2014

Department for Education, Statistics

Revised information on GCSE and equivalent pupil attainment for the 2013 to 2014 academic year.

The dataset is broken down by pupil characteristics including:
• gender
• ethnicity
• eligibility for free school meals
• disadvantage
• special educational needs (SEN)
• English as a first language

The data show:
• a gap of 10.1 percentage points between the percentage of boys and girls achieving at least 5 A*-C GCSEs
• only 53.1% of pupils from a black background achieved at least 5 A*- C GCSEs compared to the national average (56.6%)
• similar attainment gaps for pupils eligible for FSM and disadvantaged pupils (33.5% and 36.6% achieved at least 5 A*- C GCSEs, respectively).


Characteristics of children in need: 2013 to 2014 (Update)

Department for Education, Statistics

This publication includes information on:
• children in need of social services
• children referred to social services
• assessments undertaken and primary need identified at assessment
• section 47 enquiries and initial child protection conferences
• children who were the subject of a child protection plan

Additional tables are published showing figures as a result of matching the children in need census to the national pupil database (NPD) on 26 February 2015.
These tables show children in need by:
• prevalence of free school meals (FSM)
• special educational needs (SEN)
• attainment
• absence and exclusions.

The statistics reveal that:
• the number of referrals to children’s social care has increased by 10.8%, to 657,800 in 2013/14
• 47.2% of children in need have abuse or neglect identified as their primary need.


NEET statistics quarterly brief: October to December 2014

Department for Education, Statistics

This brief is made up of data from the Department for Education’s 16 to 18 participation statistical first release (SFR), the Labour Force Survey (LFS), and regional NEET figures.

The publication includes:
• supplementary tables disaggregating NEET estimates from the LFS for 16- to 24-year-olds, by region and gender
• supplementary tables disaggregating NEET estimates from the LFS for 18- to 24-year-olds, by region and gender
• supplementary tables disaggregating NEET estimates from the LFS for 19- to 24-year-olds, by region and gender
• supplementary tables of national NEET estimates from the LFS for all age groups
• supplementary tables disaggregating NEET estimates from the LFS by age and gender and labour market status.

Key points to note from the data are:
• the fall in the 16-18 NEET rate from 7.6% in October to December 2013, to 7.0% in the same period, 2014
• the percentage of 16-18 year olds not in education or training fell by 1.0 percentage points from 2013 to 2014, to 13.0%.


Further education and skills: statistical first release

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Statistics

This statistical first release provides information on adult (aged 19 and over) government-funded further education (excluding schools and higher education) and all age (16 and over) apprenticeships in England, between 2008/09 and 2012/13. It includes provisional data for the full 2013/14 academic year, including a breakdown for Traineeships for the first time.

It also includes statistics on the highest level of qualification held by adults in England from 2006 to 2013, calculated from Labour Force Survey (LFS) data. Figures relating to 2013 are provisional and are subject to revisions.

The provisional data show:
• that 573,700 funded Apprentices participated on an Apprenticeship in the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year
• that there were 147,500 Apprenticeship starts in the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year
• that there were 5,000 Traineeship starts in the first quarter of the 2014/15 academic year.


2015 cycle applicant figures (Interim) February

UCAS, Data and analysis

This statistical release reports interim applicant totals in the 2015 UCAS application cycle at Monday 16 February 2015.
Statistics are also provided for applicant totals at the third Monday in February in previous cycles. This is an interim point in the application cycle and, unlike statistics for application deadlines, no direct comparison between cycles is possible.
15 January 2015 was the 'on time' deadline for people to submit applications for the majority of courses offered through UCAS. Statistics relating to the January deadline were published last month.


Monthly management information: Ofsted's further education and skills inspections outcomes

Ofsted, Statistics

Management information published monthly in the interests of transparency. This dataset includes management information for FE and skills providers, for the academic year 2014/2015 up to 31 January 2015.
In this time, 96 providers were inspected with 7 rated outstanding, 33 good and the remaining deemed as requiring improvement or inadequate.


Schools below the minimum standard

Department for Education, Publications

Impact indicators showing the number of primary and secondary schools below the minimum (floor) standard.
Statistical data relating to the number of schools classified as failing to meet the government’s expected standard.

This includes:
• impact indicator 16: number of primary schools below the floor standard
• impact indicator 17: number of secondary schools below the floor standard


Wolf recommendations progress report: Update

Department for Education, Publications

February 2015 final progress report on meeting the recommendations in Professor Wolf’s independent review of vocational education.
The ‘Wolf review of vocational education’, published in March 2011, considered how the Department for Education (DfE) could improve vocational education for 14- to 19-year-olds. The government published its formal response to the Wolf review on 12 May 2011.
These progress reports provide updates against each of Professor Wolf’s 27 recommendations.
Of particular note is the January 2015 publication of the 2014 KS4 performance tables, as these are the first to show any impact of the reforms recommended by Professor Wolf.


Attainment gap between FSM pupils and the rest

Department for Education, Publications

Impact indicators showing the attainment gap between pupils receiving free school meals (FSM) and their peers, at ages 11, 16 and 19.
These data relate to the attainment gap in percentage points between pupils receiving free school meals (FSM) and their peers, at ages 11, 16 and 19.

The data show:
• a 0.7 percentage point drop in the attainment gap between 2013 to 2014 at age 11
• a 0.2 percentage point drop in the attainment gap between 2013 and 2014 at age 16


Progress 8 school performance measure in 2016 and 2017

Department for Education, Publications

Information for schools about the Progress 8 measure being introduced in 2016, along with the terms and conditions for opting in from 2015.

This information is for:
• school leaders
• governing bodies

It applies to:
• local authority-maintained schools
• academies
• free schools

The document sets out how the Progress 8 school performance measure will be calculated when introduced in 2016.
The ‘Progress 8 early opt-in: terms and conditions for schools’ document explains the process schools wishing to opt in early from 2015 must follow.