March

Level 2 and 3 attainment by young people aged 19 in 2014

Department for Education, Statistics

This statistical first release includes information on the attainment of young people aged 19 in 2014, based on matched administrative data. The data give attainment by:

• age
• cohort
• qualification type
• institution type.

Breakdowns are also given by:

• gender
• ethnicity
• special educational needs (SEN)
• eligibility for free school meals (FSM) for those in state schools at age 15
• measures for attainment of level 2 English and maths.

The data show an increase of 0.8 percentage points in the percentage of 19 year olds qualified to Level 2 or higher, from 2013 (86.2%) to 2014 (87%). Attainment in Level 2 English and maths also increased from 65.8% to 67.7% in the same period.


Pupil absence in schools in England: 2013 to 2014

Department for Education, Statistics

This release provides information on the levels of overall, authorised and unauthorised absence in:

• state-funded primary schools
• state-funded secondary schools
• state-funded special schools.

It includes information on:

• reasons for absence
• persistent absentees
• pupil characteristics.

Absence information for pupil referral units has also been provided. It is based on pupil level absence data collected via the school census.
The SFR shows that authorised absence rates have decreased from 4.2% in 2012/13, to 3.5% in 2013/14. Unauthorised absences remain at 1.1%.


Schools in academy chains and LAs: performance measures

Department for Education, Statistics

This statistical working paper considers how the DfE might assess the performance of schools within academy chains and local authorities at key stage 4.
They are seeking views on the 2 measures proposed in the paper and to consider a number of questions, including:

• whether the department should publish performance information at academy chain and local authority level
• whether the proposed measures provide a fair assessment of the performance of schools within academy chains and local authorities
• how the measures might be developed further, including the inclusion of additional measures.

All comments and queries can be directed to the email address found on this page.


Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2013 to 2014

Department for Education, Statistics

This statistical first release contains information on the achievements in GCSE examinations and other qualifications of young people in the 2013 to 2014 academic year. This typically covers those starting the academic year aged 15.

Comparisons between the current GCSE figures and earlier data are not made due to changes made to the calculation of performance measures. However, 53.4% of pupils achieved 5+ GCSEs A*-C (inc. English and maths), which is an increase of 0.8 percentage points from the provisional results given in October 2014.


Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2014

Department for Education, Statistics

This release is based upon information collected in the January 2014 school census.

This publication covers all types of school in England including:

• local authority maintained schools
• academies
• free schools
• studio schools
• university technical colleges
• independent schools.

It shows 8.3 million pupils enrolled in schools in England. The percentage of FSM pupils has dropped since the 2014 census. However the percentage of EAL children has increased slightly in secondary schools within the same period.


Children looked after in England, including adoption

Department for Education, Statistics

This release provides statistics on looked-after children at both national and local authority levels for the financial year 2013 to 2014.
There has been a 1% increase in the number of looked after children since 2013, and a 7% increase since 2010. Adoptions have also increased by 26% since 2013, with 5,050 looked after children adopted within the last year.


Outcomes for children looked after by local authorities

Department for Education, Statistics

This statistical first release (SFR) provides information at national and local authority (LA) level on the outcomes for children who have been looked after continuously for at least 12 months at 31 March 2014. This is the fifth year that this annual release has been published.

Outcome measures reported on include:

• educational attainment
• special educational needs (SEN)
• exclusions from school
• health including emotional and behavioural health
• offending and substance misuse.

The SFR shows that the attainment of looked after children has continued to improve at key stages 1 and 2. In 2014, 71% of looked after children achieved level 2 or above in reading, compared with 69% in 2013. The percentage of looked after children achieving the expected level in reading, writing and mathematics at key stage 2 has increased by 3 percentage points since 2013. Overall, it would appear that attainment gaps have closed slightly, or remained the same.


NEET data by local authority (Update)

Department for Education, Publications

These statistics are an estimate of the number and proportion of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) in each local authority in England.
The estimate is based on the information local authorities have submitted to the DfE on young people’s participation in education or training in their area. They are an average for November to January each year.

These figures tend to be lower than those in the official statistical release on young people in England who are NEET because they:

• only include young people who are known to their local authority (ie those who were educated in government-funded schools in England)
• do not count young people who are taking a gap year or are in custody as NEET
• depend on the quality of each local authority’s data collection.


Attainment gap between looked-after children and the rest (Update)

Department for Education, Publications

Statistical data relating to the attainment gap in percentage points between looked-after children and their peers, at ages 11 and 16.

This page includes:

• impact indicator 10: attainment gap at age 11 between looked-after children and the rest
• impact indicator 11: attainment gap at age 16 between looked-after children and the rest.

The data show that the attainment gap in indicator 10 has remained the same over the last year, although it is smaller than the 2011/12 academic year.
The attainment gap in indicator 11 has reduced each year for the past 3 years.


Monthly management information: Ofsted's school inspections outcomes (Update)

Ofsted, Statistics

Management information published monthly in the interests of transparency.
The most recent dataset covers latest inspections at 28 February. It covers 20,971 schools inspected, across all phases. Over 80% of schools were found to be outstanding or good, with just 2% of schools described as inadequate.


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

Ofsted, Statistics

Management information published monthly in the interests of transparency.
The most recent dataset covers latest inspections at 28 February. Since September 2014, 105 providers have been inspected, with over half of these judged as requiring improvement or inadequate.