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Children looked after in England including adoption: 2014 to 2015

Department for Education

Statistics on looked-after children at both national and local authority levels for the financial year 2014 to 2015.
The data show that the number of children looked after continues to rise year-on-year. On 31 March 2015, there were 69,540 looked after children, which is a 1% increase on the previous year.
The rise in numbers is not simply a reflection of the growing population; in 2011, 58 children per 10,000 were looked after, whereas the figure now stands at 60 children per 10,000.

Level 1 and 2 English and maths: 16 to 18 students - 2013 to 2014

Department for Education

Experimental statistics on English and maths attainment by students aged 16 to 18 who did not achieve A* to C by the end of key stage 4.
In both English and maths, the number of GCSE entries and achievements by 16 to 18 students has increased this year. This increase was much greater in English with 25.7% of these students entering the GCSE and 11.3% achieving this year, compared to 17.2% and 6.5% last year.

Early years foundation stage profile results: 2014 to 2015

Department for Education

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 percentage of children achieving a good level of development has risen by5.9 percentage points since 2014, from 60.4% to 66.3%. Girls still outperform boys, however the gender gap has narrowed in ‘achieving a good level of development’ and ‘achieving at least the expected level in all early learning goals’.

A level and other level 3 results: 2014 to 2015 (provisional)

Department for Education

This statistical first release (SFR) provides provisional information on young people’s exam results in England for the 2014 to 2015 academic year, including:
• A levels
• other academic level 3 qualifications
• vocational level 3 qualifications

Revised figures will be published in January 2016, accounting for amendments made during the school and college checking exercise. At the same time, the 16 to 18 performance tables will be published.
The data show that whilst the A Level pass rate has increased by 0.2 percentage points since last year (from 98.5% to 98.7%), the percentage achieving A*/A grades continues to fall year-on-year.

Provisional GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2014 to 2015

Department for Education

This statistical first release (SFR) provides information on young people’s achievements in:
• GCSE examinations
• other qualifications
in the academic year 2014 to 2015. It typically covers those starting the academic year aged 15.

The information is from data collated for the 2015 secondary school performance tables.
The percentage of pupils achieving 5+ A*-C has increased by 0.2 percentage points since 2014. Entry and achievement in the English Baccalaureate also remains stable with just a 0.1 percentage point decrease, this year.

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.

Schools in England

Department for Education

Information on all 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

Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2014 and spring 2015

Department for Education

This release provides information on the levels of overall, authorised and unauthorised absence in:
• state-funded primary schools
• state-funded secondary schools

It includes information on:
• reasons for absence
• persistent absence
• pupil characteristics
• absence information for pupil referral units

The information is based on pupil level absence data collected via the school census.

Provisional destinations: key stage 4 and 5 pupils, 2013 to 2014

Department for Education

This provisional publication measures the percentage of students progressing to further learning in:
• school
• further education or sixth form college
• apprenticeship
• higher education institution
• employment/training
• accepted deferred offers into higher education (gap years)

Additional breakdowns are included by:
• special educational needs
• learning difficulties and disabilities for key stage 5 students
• free school meals
• gender and ethnicity

This publication also measures the percentage of students who do not progress to education, employment or training.

Characteristics of children in need: 2014 to 2015

Department for Education

Information on children referred to and assessed by children's social services between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015.
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

Monthly management information

Ofsted's further education and skills inspections outcomes

Ofsted's school inspections outcomes


Management information published monthly in the interests of transparency.
These figures are not official statistics.


National pupil database: user guide and supporting information

Department for Education

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

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

Absence statistics guide

Department for Education

This guide on DfE’s published absence statistics sets out:
• when pupil absence statistics are published
• methodologies used to calculate findings

• how data is collected and processed