Education Reform

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


Participation rates in higher education: 2006 to 2014

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

These statistics on higher education (HE) initial participation rates include data on students who are:
• 17 to 30 years old
• in higher education for the first time
• living in England
• in UK HE institutions and English, Welsh and Scottish further education colleges
• staying in HE for at least 6 months
The participation rates in the 2013/14 academic year showed a four percentage point increase from 43% in 2013/13.

FE data library: apprenticeship vacancies

Department for Business, Innovation & 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 that there are currently approximately 14,170 apprenticeship vacancies.

Further education and skills: statistical first release

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

This is the final further education and skills data for 2013 to 2014 and provisional further education and skills data for the first three quarters of the 2014 to 2015 academic year.

It 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 2009 to 2010 and 2013 to 2014. It includes provisional data for the first three quarters of the 2014 to 2015 academic year.

The data show that apprenticeship participation (all ages) has increased since 2009/10 and currently stands at 851,500 apprenticeships.

FE data library: apprenticeships

Department for Business, Innovation & 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.

In 2014/15 there were 369,500 apprenticeships started in England, with the majority (59,330) in the North West.

Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)

Department for Education

The tool presents information in interactive tables and charts with the local authority’s rank and position in England. It includes data on:
• looked-after children
• child protection
• special educational needs and disability (SEND)
• pupil attainment
• children’s health
• post-16 circumstances
• judgements from Ofsted

Monthly management information: Ofsted's school inspections outcomes

Ofsted, Statistics

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

Phonics screening check and key stage 1 assessments: England 2015

Department for Education, Statistics

This statistical first release (SFR) provides information on the achievements of pupils in the 2015 phonics screening check and at key stage 1.

This release also includes information on attainment for the phonics screening check and key stage 1 teacher assessments by different pupil characteristics, specifically:
• gender
• ethnicity
• first language
• eligibility for free school meals
• special educational needs

A greater percentage of year 1 pupils met the expected phonics standard this year; 77% compared with 74% in 2014.

Policy Papers

Preventing extremism in schools and children's services

Department for Education

Information on the government’s policy on preventing extremism in schools and children’s services.

Reviewing post-16 education and training institutions: list of area reviews

Department for Business, Skills & Innovation and Department for Education

This document contains information about the colleges in scope of area reviews and includes timescales, and roles and responsibilities within the review process. It includes contact details for each area review.


Early years census 2016: guide

Department for Education

Guide to help local authorities and early years providers, who receive direct government funding, prepare and return the 2016 census.
This covers:
• changes from the 2015 census
• scope of the 2016 census
• statutory basis of the census
• important dates
• glossary of data items
• detailed codesets

Parental responsibility measures attendance census 2015: COLLECT

Department for Education

This guide will help local authorities submit data for the 2015 parental responsibility measures attendance census using COLLECT (Collections Online - Learners, Education, Children and Teachers).

Running a school: myths and facts

Department for Education

This document addresses common questions schools have sent to the DfE.
It provides factual information regarding:
• curriculum and assessment
• health and safety
• inspection
• school trips
• staffing

Timelines for schools: mandatory and useful information

Department for Education

Timelines of forthcoming mandatory legal requirements to be implemented to help headteachers, principals and governors plan for the forthcoming academic year and beyond.
Other useful dates are included in separate information timelines.
Timings are as precise as possible but some are indicative and may change.

Behaviour and discipline in schools

Department for Education

This departmental advice is for school leaders and school staff.
It applies to all schools.
It explains the powers members of staff have to discipline pupils. It is for individual schools to develop their own best practice for managing behaviour in their school.

School census 2015 to 2016:

Department for Education

COLLECT guides: Guides for local authorities and schools on submitting and editing data for the school census using COLLECT.

Guide for schools and LAs: A guide to help schools and local authorities (LAs) complete and submit their autumn 2015 to summer 2016 school census data.

Technical information: Technical specification, XML schema files and validation rules for submitting 2015 to 2016 school census data.

Pupil premium: summer schools programme 2015

Department for Education

The guide sets out:
• funding arrangements
• which pupils are eligible

The spreadsheet details:
• the schools that have received funding
• the total allocation for each school
• the June 2015 payments made to each school

The conditions of grant explains:
• funding allocations
• payment and certification arrangements

Enrolment of 14- to 16-year-olds in full-time further education

Education Funding Agency

Requirements and advice for institutions directly recruiting 14- to 16-year-olds including details of institutions delivering the programme.

Open consultation

Further GCSE and A level content for teaching from September 2017

Department for Education

The DfE are inviting views on revisions to the content of GCSE and A level subjects that will be ready for teaching from September 2017:

• ancient history
• classical civilisation
• electronics
• film studies
• media studies
• statistics

GCE AS and A level
• accounting
• ancient history
• archaeology
• classical civilisation:
• electronics
• film studies
• law
• media studies
• statistics

Teachers' professional development standard: call for evidence

Department for Education

The Teachers’ Professional Development Expert Group is developing a standard for teachers’ professional development.

The DfE would like to hear about what makes for effective professional development, with particular interest in finding out about:
• the types of professional development that work best
• the culture and environment in schools that best support it

They would especially like to hear from:
• individual teachers
• headteachers
• providers of professional development