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Destinations of key stage 4 and key stage 5 pupils: 2014

Department for Education

Revised data on key stage 4 (KS4) and key stage 5 (KS5) students in education, employment and training destinations.

The percentage of students progressing to further learning in the academic year 2013 to 2014 in:

• school
• further education or sixth-form college
• apprenticeships
• higher education institutions
• employment/training
• accepted deferred offers into higher education (gap years)

This release gives data by specific student characteristics:

• special educational needs
• learning difficulties and disabilities for key stage 5 students
• disadvantage
• free school meals for key stage 5 students
• gender and ethnicity

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

These statistics include data from independent schools which were not included in the provisional publication.

Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2014 to 2015

Department for Education

This statistical first release (SFR) gives information on the achievements in GCSE examinations and other qualifications of young people in academic year 2014 to 2015. This typically covers those starting the academic year at age 15.

It also sets out data broken down by pupil characteristics including:

• gender
• ethnicity
• eligibility for free school meals
• disadvantage
• special educational needs
• English as a first language

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

Department for Education

• Statistical first release (SFR) providing revised information on the overall achievements of young people in advanced level examinations for the 2014 to 2015 academic year, including:
• A levels
• other academic level 3 qualifications
• vocational level 3 qualifications

Provisional figures for the 2014 to 2015 academic year were published in October 2015. Schools and colleges checked the figures, and this SFR includes revised figures.

School and college performance tables in England: 2014 to 2015

Department for Education

The performance tables report the results of students of sixth-form age in secondary schools and further education colleges in the academic year 2014 to 2015.

They also show how these results compare with other schools and colleges in a local authority area and in England as a whole.

The tables list all schools and colleges in a local authority area alphabetically, including:

• local-authority-maintained secondary schools
• academies
• free schools
• independent schools
• sixth-form colleges
• sixth-form centres or consortia
• other further education colleges
• special schools (for children with special educational needs or disabilities) that have chosen to be included

The tables report indicators for 3 separate cohorts:

• A level
• academic
• vocational

Students are included in a cohort if they’ve taken at least 1 substantial qualification in 1 or more of the qualification types. Students following programmes of mixed qualification types may belong to more than 1 cohort.

Secondary school performance tables in England: 2014 to 2015

Department for Education

The secondary school performance tables show:

• attainment results for pupils at the end of key stage 4
• key stage 2 to key stage 4 progress measures in English and mathematics
• how the performance of disadvantaged pupils compares against other pupils in the school
• differences in the performance of:

o low-attaining pupils
o high-attaining pupils
o pupils performing at expected levels

There is also data about school:

• income and expenditure
• workforce
• pupil characteristics
• pupil absence
• Ofsted information

Further education and skills: statistical first release

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Skills Funding Agency

Further education and skills data reported to date for 2015 to 2016

FE data library: apprenticeships

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Skills Funding Agency

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: statistics archive

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Skills Funding Agency

Archive of statistical first release tables published since January 2014


Monthly management information: Ofsted's school inspections outcomes


Management information 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 showing in-year and most recent inspection outcomes.


School census spring 2016: infant class size validation

Department for Education

How to check the infant class size information in your spring 2016 school census return.

School census 2015 to 2016: duplicate reports in COLLECT

Department for Education

How local authorities, schools and academies can correct duplicate pupil records in spring 2015 school census submissions.

GCE AS and A level history of art

Department for Education

GCE AS and A level subject content for history of art for teaching in schools from 2017.

Performance tables 2018: technical and vocational qualifications

Department for Education

Lists of qualifications for reporting in the 2018 performance tables in the following categories:

• technical awards
• technical certificates
• tech levels
• applied general qualifications

16 to 19 study programmes: advice on planning and provision

Department for Education

This departmental advice applies to the academic years 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017.

It is for:

• senior leadership teams
• curriculum planners
• teachers
• trainers
• co-ordinators

It applies to all providers of 16 to 19 education, including:

• further education (FE) colleges
• sixth-form colleges
• school sixth forms
• work-based learning providers
• training providers

Departmental advice helps you understand how to comply with the law or explains what our policies mean in practice. You do not have to follow the advice.

Progress 8 school performance measure in 2016, 2017 and 2018

Department for Education

Information for schools about the Progress 8 measure we're introducing in 2016, along with the terms and conditions for opting in from 2015.

School census 2015 to 2016: guide for schools and Las

Department for Education

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

This guide will help schools and local authorities:

• understand the purpose of the school census
• add the right level of data to their management information system
• update and maintain their data during the year
• complete the 2015 to 2016 school census data collections

School census 2015 to 2016: COLLECT guides

Department for Education

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

These guides are for:

• local authorities
• local-authority-maintained schools
• academies
• free schools, including studio schools and university technical colleges (UTCs)
• non-maintained special schools (schools for children with special educational needs that the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996)

The guides will help you to complete and submit data for the school census 2015 to 2016 using COLLECT, the Department for Education’s centralised data collection and management system.

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

Consultation outcome

GCSE and A level reform: content for teaching from September 2017

Department for Education

Summary of the responses received, along with the government’s response outlining the next steps.

Research and analysis

GCSE and A level subject content: equality analysis (11 subjects)

Department for Education

An outline of the impact that the revised GCSE and A level content for the following subjects will have on groups with relevant protected characteristics:

• GCSEs in:

o astronomy
o business
o economics
o engineering
o geology
o psychology

• GCE AS and A levels in:

o design and technology
o environmental science
o history of art
o music technology
o philosophy

The relevant protected characteristics include:

• disability
• gender reassignment
• pregnancy and maternity
• race
• religion or belief
• sex and sexual orientation