Education Reform

All the latest information on qualification reform can be found via our website, in the ‘Education Reform’ section.


Education and training statistics for the United Kingdom: 2015

Department for Education

Statistics on education and training in schools, further education and higher education across the UK.

The data covers:

• schools

• post-compulsory education

• qualifications

• education expenditure

The statistics show that in the previous academic year, there were 8.4 million 2-19 year-olds enrolled in 24,317 schools (including nursery). 431,100 full-time qualified teachers were employed in these schools.

Key stage 2 national curriculum test review outcomes: 2015

Department for Education

Provisional information on marking reviews for the 2015 key stage 2 national curriculum tests.

This statistical first release (SFR) provides provisional information on the outcomes of clerical and marking reviews for tests of:

• English reading

• English grammar, punctuation and spelling

• mathematics

The number of applications for review increased in all subjects from 2014 to 2015, particularly in reading where the number rose from just over 5,000 to over 15,000. However, the proportion of applications that resulted in level changes decreased from 2014.

FE data library: apprenticeship vacancies

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

This statistical data set provides information through a number of reports on the number of apprenticeship vacancies and traineeship opportunities for 2008/09 to 2014/15 year-to-date.

The data show 62,780 apprenticeship vacancies, compared to 46,910 in the same period of the previous year. The majority of these vacancies were in Business, Administration and Law ,and Health, Public Services and Care.

Free school meals: pupil progression to higher education

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

This shows the estimated number and percentage of 15 year old pupils in 2008 to 2009 from state-funded schools in England with free school meal status and by local authority, who entered higher education by age 19 in 2012 to 2013. It covers higher education institutions in the UK and further education colleges in England.

FE data library: apprenticeships

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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 and Skills

Final further education and skills data for 2013 to 2014 and provisional further education and skills data for the full 2014 to 2015 academic year.

Provisional data show 872,300 learners participated on an Apprenticeship in the full 2014/15 academic year, compared to 851,500 in 2013/14.

EBacc and non-EBacc subject entries and achievement

Department for Education

Key stage 4 subject entries and pupil achievement for academic years ending 2011 to 2015.

Schools in England

Department for Education

Information about all state-funded and independent schools in England, including:

• local-authority-maintained schools

• academies

• free schools

• studio schools

• university technical colleges

• independent schools

Details include:

• address

• school type

• phone number

NEET statistics quarterly brief: July to September 2015

Department for Education

Statistics about young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England from July to September 2015 (quarter 3).

The data show that the 16-18 NEET rate fell to 10.2% (a decrease of 0.3 percentage points) when compared to the same quarter last year. The 19-24 NEET rate fell by 2.3 percentage points, to 15.4%.

Initial teacher training: trainee number census - 2015 to 2016

Department for Education

This statistical first release includes information on recruitment to initial teacher training (ITT) programmes.

There is a forecast of the number of trainees expected to start training later in the academic year.

The information is used to:

• determine funding for ITT providers

• monitor the recruitment of under-represented groups in ITT

• monitor the recruitment of new entrants against intake targets

There were 28,148 new entrants, compared to 25,753 in the previous year.

Early years foundation stage profile results: 2014 to 2015

Department for Education

Early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) results for the 2014 to 2015 academic year, at national and local authority level.

This statistical first release (SFR) covers:

• the percentage of pupils achieving each assessment rating in the early learning goals

• the percentage achieving at least the expected level in the prime areas of learning and in the specific areas of literacy and mathematics (good level of development)

• the average total points score across all the early learning goals (supporting measure)

The additional tables provide national and local authority-level information on EYFSP attainment by pupil characteristics, specifically:

• gender

• ethnicity

• eligibility for free school meals

• special educational needs

• English as a first language

• month of birth

• deprived areas

A good level of development was achieved by 66.3% nationally, compared to 60.4% in the previous year.

Further education and skills: statistical first release

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Final further education and skills data for 2014 to 2015.

All age government funded Apprenticeship participation increased to 871,800 in the 2014/15 academic year, up 2.4 per cent on 2013/14 and the highest number on record.

Participation in government funded adult (19+) further education fell to 2,613,700 in 2014/15, 10.8 per cent lower than in 2013/14.

FE data library: apprenticeships

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

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.

Bullying of year 10 pupils in England: estimates

Department for Education

A comparison of reported instances of bullying in 2005 and 2014.

Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)

Department for Education

An interactive spreadsheet for comparing data about children and young people across all local authorities in England.

Ofsted Parent View: management information


This set of management information covers submissions received to Parent View between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015 for independent schools and maintained schools and academies in England. Within this release you can find:

• an overall question by question breakdown of the results for both school types

• a further breakdown of these results by phase and region for maintained schools and academies

• data on the number of submissions received and the response rates for the above categories


National pupil database: user guide and supporting information

Department for Education

User guide for national pupil database, individualised learner record and Higher Education Statistics Agency data extract requests.

This user guide for data extract requests is for:

• national pupil database (NPD)

• individualised learner record (ILR)

• Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

It is for existing and potential users of the data, including:

• staff at the Department for Education (DfE) and third parties working on DfE’s behalf

• independent third parties using extracts and tabulations of NPD data

• third parties considering making a request for access to the data

GCSE design and technology

Department for Education

Subject content, aims and objectives for GCSE in design and technology for teaching from 2017.

School census autumn 2015: 16 to 19 funding reports guide

Department for Education

Information to help schools quality assure their data and make accurate census returns.

Children in need census 2016 to 2017: specification

Department for Education

These documents are for:

• local authorities submitting children in need census data for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017

• suppliers creating management information software

The information provided includes:

• validation rules

• changes to the 2016 to 2017 census

• data standards

• census structure

Early years census 2016: technical specification

Department for Education

Business and technical specification for local authorities and software suppliers to prepare for the early years census 2016.

School workforce census 2015: COLLECT guides

Department for Education

User guides for:

• local authorities

• schools maintained by the local authority

• academies

• free schools

The documents will help you complete and submit returns using COLLECT, DfE’s centralised data collection and management system.

There are also guides on the reports available in COLLECT for:

• people who submit data (‘sources’)

• people who check that submitted data is correct (‘agents’)

Children looked after return 2015 to 2016: guide

Department for Education

Guide for local authorities submitting the children looked after data return for the year 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

Children in need census 2015 to 2016: COLLECT reports

Department for Education

This document describes the reports available to local authorities completing a children in need census return in COLLECT, the DfE’s centralised data collection and management system.

It specifies:

• a detailed description of each report

• what data is used to calculate each report

• what information each report displays

Open Consultation

GCSE and A level reform: geology and politics, PE short course

Department for Education

The DfE are seeking views on the subject content of additional reformed GCSEs and A levels for teaching from September 2017.

The proposals include revisions to:

GCE AS and A level

• geology

• politics


• physical education (PE) short course

The consultation closes 15th December 2015 at 5.00pm

Implementing the English Baccalaureate

Department for Education

The DfE are seeking views about the government’s proposals on how to get at least 90% of pupils to take GCSEs in the EBacc subjects.

They would like views on:

• what factors schools should consider when deciding that a pupil shouldn’t take all the GCSE subjects for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

• proposed changes to the range of data we publish about school performance

• the challenges of implementing the EBacc, including teacher recruitment

• the impact of these proposals on pupils with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010

The consultation closes 29th January 2016 at 5.00pm