March


Education Reform

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


Statistics

Children's social work workforce 2015

Department for Education

This experimental statistical first release is the third publication to use data from the statutory children’s social work workforce data collection.

It covers the:

• number of social workers
• vacancy rate of social workers
• number of agency workers
• turnover rate of social workers
• sickness absence of social workers

Data were collected from all local authorities.


Childcare and early years survey of parents: 2014 to 2015

Department for Education

This publication provides information on a survey of parents with children aged 0 to 14. It covers parents’ use of childcare and early years provision, and their views and experiences, including:

• what childcare is used by different types of families
• changes in take-up over the years
• parents’ reasons for using or not using childcare and for choosing particular providers
• parents’ views on the providers they used and on childcare provision in their local area in general
• the influence of childcare arrangements on mothers’ decisions about whether to go out to work


FE data library: apprenticeships

Skills Funding Agency and 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.


FE data library: apprenticeship vacancies

Skills Funding Agency and 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.

Applications stated are for those made online through Find An Apprentice, and do not include those made offline directly to employers.


School capacity: academic year 2014 to 2015

Education Funding Agency and Department for Education

The annual school capacity survey 2015 provides national and local authority level information as at May 2015 on the numbers of:

• primary school places
• secondary school places
• unfilled school places
• pupils over school capacity

It also provides pupil number forecasts up to the:

• 2019 to 2020 academic year at primary level
• 2021 to 2022 academic year at secondary level


Capacity in secondary schools

Education Funding Agency and Department for Education

An update on the number of additional secondary school places created in September 2015 through the free school and Targeted Basic Need programmes.


Further education statistics

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

This collection brings together statistics relating to further education.

Updated 21 March 2016.


Children looked after in England including adoption: 2014 to 2015

Department for Education

Information on looked-after children at both national and local authority levels for the financial year 2014 to 2015.


Pupil absence in schools in England: 2014 to 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
• special 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.


Characteristics of children in need: 2014 to 2015

Department for Education

The ‘main text’ document includes information on:

• children in need of social services
• children referred to social services
• assessments of children in need and their primary need at first assessment
• section 47 enquiries (a local authority carries out one of these if they suspect a child is suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm) and initial child protection conferences
• children who were the subject of a child protection plan

The ‘outcomes tables’ show children in need by:

• prevalence of free school meals (FSM)
• special educational needs (SEN)
• attainment
• absence and exclusions


Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March 2015

Department for Education

Outcome measures at national and local authority (LA) level in England for children continuously looked after for at least 12 months.

The outcome measures cover:

• educational attainment at key stages 1, 2 and 4
• special educational needs
• exclusions from school
• absence from school

Experimental statistics for attainment at key stages 2 and 4 are published for:

• children adopted from care
• children who left care through a special guardianship order or child arrangements order


FE data library: vocational qualifications

Skills Funding Agency and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

Vocational qualifications are qualifications designed to fit a person for employment.

The National Vocational Qualifications included in these tables cover all those accredited by Ofqual and are competence-based qualifications built on national occupational standards and criteria established by Ofqual. This includes Vocationally Related Qualifications and Scottish Vocational Qualifications.


Absence and attainment at key stages 2 and 4: 2013 to 2014

Department for Education

Report looking at the link between the attainment of pupils and different levels of absence across key stage 2 and key stage 4 in government-funded mainstream schools.

It covers:

• overall absence
• authorised absence
• unauthorised absence
• an analysis of the link between absence and attainment when we control factors such as:
o prior attainment
o pupil characteristics

Annex A of the report puts the following documents into context:

• key stage 2 tables
• key stage 4 tables
• underlying data


Ofsted

Maintained schools and academies: inspections and outcomes Sep 2014 to Aug 2015

Maintained schools and academies inspections and outcomes covering the period April to August 2015 provisional and January to March 2015 revised.

These inspection of maintained schools and academies in England statistics are made up of:

• key findings, charts and tables in pdf format and word format

• tables, charts and individual provider-level data in Excel format


Monthly management information

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

Ofsted's school inspections outcomes

Ofsted's further education and skills inspections outcomes


Guidance

Making significant changes to an existing academy

Department for Education

Guidance and application forms for academies wishing to make major changes to their school (eg expanding, merging with another academy, or changing the school’s age range or faith).

The guidance document sets out the process you’ll need to follow, and explains which application form you should complete.


Mental health and behaviour in schools

Department for Education

How to identify and support pupils whose behaviour suggests they may have unmet mental health needs.

This is for:

• school staff
• pastoral leaders
• special educational needs co-ordinators

It applies to all schools.

It includes:

• how and when to refer to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
• practical advice to support children with emotional and behavioural difficulties
• information on strengthening pupil resilience
• how to identify pupils likely to need extra support
• where and how to access community support


Pupil premium: summer schools programme 2015

Department for Education

Information for schools taking part in the 2015 to 2016 summer schools programme.

The guide sets out:

• funding arrangements
• which pupils are eligible

The spreadsheet details:

• the schools that have received funding
• the final grant allocation for each school
• the October 2015 payment or recovery for each school

The conditions of grant explains:

• funding allocations
• payment and certification arrangements


SEND: guide for health professionals

Department for Education and Department of Health

Guidance for health professionals on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

The guide is for:

• clinical commissioning groups
• health professionals
• local authorities

It explains the duties and responsibilities of health professionals who deal with children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and their families.


16 to 19 academies: application process for sixth-form colleges

Department for Education

Information for sixth-form colleges considering becoming a 16 to 19 academy, including how to apply, and the application form.

The guidance document will help sixth-form colleges understand:

• if it’s appropriate for them to become an academy for pupils aged 16 to 19
• how to prepare for, and submit, their application


Post-16 education and training institutions: area based reviews

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Department for Education

This guidance sets out the national framework for area reviews of the post-16 education and training sector. It explains how area reviews will be carried out by local providers and stakeholders working with the Further Education and Sixth Form College Commissioners and the education and skills funding agencies.

Each area review aims to establish a set of institutions that are:

• financially resilient
• able to offer high quality education and training based on the needs of learners and employers within the local area


School performance tables: how we report the data

Department for Education

This guide explains how the DfE use data in the school performance tables to compare schools’ and colleges’ performance over time and to national averages.


School performance tables: how to interpret the data

Department for Education

How to use school and college performance data to interpret pupil attainment and progress, and compare schools and colleges in England.

Use the guide if you’re:

• a parent, to compare your child’s performance and achievements to others in the school, college, local authority or England as a whole
• a school governor, to improve school performance
• in DfE or a government body, monitoring educational standards in England
• in Ofsted, assessing school or college standards
• in Ofqual, looking for evidence as part of a review to set and maintain standards
• a local authority looking for evidence to hold a school to account
• a school:
• looking for data to evaluate your school’s performance against national standards
• carrying out analysis or self-evaluation
• a researcher analysing school data results


GCE AS and A level subject content

Department for Education

Politics

Geology

Statistics


GCSE subject content

Department for Education

Astronomy

Sociology

Physical education short course


Correspondence

Open consultation

Schools national funding formula

Department for Education

The DfE are seeking views on proposals for a national funding formula to make the distribution of schools funding fairer.

Views are invited on the:

• rules and structure of the formula
• role of local authorities

The consultation closes 17 April 2016 5:00pm.


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.


Further GCSE and A level content for teaching from September 2017

Department for Education

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


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

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 (14 subjects)

Department for Education

An analysis of the effect that revised GCSE and A level subject content will have on specific protected groups of people.

The equality analysis covers revised GCSE and A level content for the following subjects:

GCSEs in:

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

GCE AS and A levels in:

• accounting
• ancient history
• archaeology
• classical civilisation
• electronics
• film studies
• media studies
• law

It looks at groups with relevant protected characteristics that include:

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


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

Department for Education

An analysis of the effect that revised GCSE and A level subject content will have on specific protected groups of people.

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:

• astronomy
• business
• economics
• engineering
• geology
• psychology
• sociology

GCE AS and A levels in:

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

The relevant protected characteristics include:

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


GCSE and A level subject content: equality analysis (3 subjects)

Department for Education

An analysis of the effect that revised GCSE and A level subject content will have on specific protected groups of people.

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:

• physical education short course

GCE AS and A levels in:

• geology
• politics

The relevant protected characteristics include:

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