February


Education Reform

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


Statistics

NEET Statistics Quarterly Brief: October to December 2015

Department for Education

Statistics on 16-18 year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The release contains statistics for all of England, gender and region, as well as the underlying data.


FE Data Library: Apprenticeships

Department for Education

Updated figures for apprenticeships


Ofsted

Monthly management information: Ofsted's school inspections outcomes

Management information for schools only, published monthly and a one-off publication of inspection outcomes from 2005 to 2015.

Monthly management information: Ofsted's further education and skills inspections outcomes from December 2015

Management information for further education establishments, published monthly and a one-off publication of inspection outcomes from 2005 to 2015.


Guidance

School Census 2015 to 2016: technical information

Department for Education

These documents give details on the changes made to the changes in census data collection from education establishments for the 2015/16 academic year.

It is directed at data managers and users of MIS software at education establishments, specifically in relation to compiling and validating school and pupil level census information.


KS1 Assessments Data Collection 2016: Technical Specification

Department for Education

The technical specifications and requirements for returning end of Key Stage 1 teacher assessments via the DfE’s COLLECT system are detailed in this document.

It is of benefit only to local authorities, as it is their responsibility to collect KS1 data from schools under their jurisdiction before submitting to the DfE. This document assists in that process, as well specifying changes to previous year’s processes and timings for collection and submission.


Early Years Census 2016: Technical Specification

Department for Education

The technical specifications and requirements for returning end of EYFSP census data via the DfE’s COLLECT system are detailed in these documents.

It is of benefit only to local authorities, as it is their responsibility to collect EYFSP census data from schools under their jurisdiction before submitting to the DfE. These documents assist in that process, as well specifying changes to previous year’s processes and timings for collection and submission.


Children Looked After Return 2015 to 2016: Technical Specification

Department for Education

The technical specifications and requirements for submitting the Children Looked After return forms to the DfE are details in these documents.

Children Looked After information pertains only to local authorities.


Cloud Software Services and the Data Protection Act

Department for Education

With a steadily increasing number of education establishments migrating their internal data to cloud-based systems, this release outlines their obligations and responsibilities with regard to data handling, processing, confidentiality, integrity, transferring etc.

It is aimed primarily at school leaders, staff, data managers and governing bodies across all maintained schools, academies and free schools, as well as local authorities.


School Preference Data Collections 2016: COLLECT Guide

Department for Education

The guides are designed to help local authorities complete and submit data collection returns using COLLECT, the Department for Education’s centralised data collection and management system. Its scope covers initial submission, data validation and final approval by the DfE.

The guides include information on:

• accessing COLLECT
• uploading and submitting census data
• error queries

The editing guide includes information on:

• editing restrictions
• how to find the data collection in COLLECT
• step-by-step guides to popular changes

This is further supported by the School Preference Data Collections 2016 Guide:


English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

Department for Education

An update on the EBacc performance measures and qualification criteria


A and AS Subjects

New information and updates on the performance measures, qualification criteria and content for the following A and AS level subjects:

Accounting

Ancient History

Archaeology

Classical Civilisation

Electronics

Film Studies

Law

Media Studies


GCSE Subjects

New information and updates on the performance measures, qualification criteria and content for the following GCSE subjects:

Ancient History

Classical Civilisation

Electronics

Film Studies

Media Studies

Statistics


Consultation outcome

Further GCSE and A level Content for Teaching from September 2017

Department for Education

This is a summary of responses from the DfE’s open consultation on reforms to a number of GCSE, A and AS level subjects.

The aim of the initial open consultation was to determine whether the subjects’ content was suitably challenging, appropriate, and allowed for equal opportunity across different student characteristic groups.

There is a further related equality impact analysis across the 14 subjects, assessing the impact of these subjects to protected characteristic groups such as disability, race, religion, gender etc.:


PSHE and SRE in Schools: Government Response

Department for Education

This is the government’s response to the Education Select Committee’s 2014 inquiry into PSHE and SRE provision in schools. It lists the 14 recommendations made by the Committee and the government’s responses to each, covering issues such as measuring pupil wellbeing, whether SRE should be mandatory in schools, future reporting and evaluation by Ofsted etc.