May

Education Reform

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


Statistics


Phonics screening check and key stage 1 assessments: England 2015

Department for Education

This statistical first release 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

National curriculum assessments: key stage 2, 2015 (revised)

Department for Education

Revised results for key stage 2 (11-year-olds) at national, regional and local authority level.

It includes test results for:

  • reading
  • maths
  • grammar, punctuation and spelling

It covers teacher assessments in:

  • English
  • maths
  • science
  • reading and writing

It also includes figures on expected progress between key stage 1 (age 7) and key stage 2.

Information is set out by:

  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • first language
  • free school meal eligibility
  • disadvantage
  • special educational needs
  • Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (a measure of economic, social and housing issues)

The figures update provisional data released in August 2015.


Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 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
  • pupil referral units (these provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school)

It includes information on:

  • reasons for absence
  • persistent absence

The release uses pupil-level absence data that we collect in the school census.


Interim retention measure for school sixth forms: 2014 to 2015

Department for Education

This statistical first release sets out the proportion of academic and vocational courses completed by 16- to 19-year-olds at school and academy sixth forms.

The qualifications it covers include:

  • A levels
  • AS levels
  • a range of other academic and vocational qualifications

Level 1 and 2 English and maths: 16 to 18 students, 2014 to 2015

Department for Education

Statistics about English and maths students aged 16 to 18 in academic year 2014 to 2015. It covers those who did not achieve a GCSE grade A* to C by the end of key stage 4 in academic year 2012 to 2013.

The national tables and technical note provide more details about those covered in this release. The institution tables provide a breakdown at provider level.


Statements of SEN and EHC plans: England, 2016

Department for Education

This publication includes data on:

  • the number of statements of SEN and EHC plans in place in January 2016
  • the number of statements and plans made for the first time during 2015
  • the percentage of statements and plans that were completed on time
  • transfers from statements and learning difficulty assessments to EHC plans

NEET statistics quarterly brief: January to March 2016

Department for Education

The data comes from:

  • DfE’s 16 to 18 participation statistical first release (SFR)
  • the labour force survey (LFS)
  • regional NEET figures

The publication includes:

  • extra tables with NEET estimates by region and gender from the LFS for:
  • 16- to 24-year-olds
  • 18- to 24-year-olds
  • 19- to 24-year-olds
  • extra tables with national NEET estimates from the LFS for all age groups
  • extra tables with NEET estimates from the LFS by age and gender and labour market status

Labour market status refers to people who are:

  • employed
  • unemployed
  • inactive (have not sought work in the last 4 weeks and/or are not available to start work in the next 2 weeks)

FE data library: apprenticeship vacancies

Department for Business, Innovation and 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.


Further education and skills: statistical first release

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Further education and skills data reported to date for 2015 to 2016 - updated to include Qualification Achievement Rates for 2014 to 2015.


FE data library: apprenticeships

Department for Business, Innovation and 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.


UCAS 2016 cycle applicant figures (interim)

UCAS

This statistical release reports interim applicant totals in the 2016 UCAS Undergraduate application cycle as at Monday 16 May 2016.


Ofsted


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

From December 2015 further education and skills management information includes both in-year and most recent inspection outcomes.


Further education and skills inspection outcomes Sep 2014 to Aug 2015

Data for inspection outcomes as at 31 August 2015 including revised data for inspections conducted between September 2014 and February 2015.


Monthly management information: Ofsted's school inspections outcomes

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


Guidance


School census summer 2016: notepad entries for COLLECT queries

Department for Education

A list of COLLECT queries and explanatory notes to help schools, academies and local authorities complete the summer 2016 school census.


School census 2016 to 2017: guide for schools and LAs

Department for Education

A guide to help schools and local authorities (LAs) complete and submit their autumn 2016 to summer 2017 school census data.


School census 2016 to 2017: technical information

Department for Education

Technical specification and validation rules for submitting 2016 to 2017 school census data.


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.


School capital funding allocations: 2015 to 2018

Department for Education

School condition allocations and devolved formula capital (DFC) allocations for 2015 to 2018.


School census 2015 to 2016: technical information

Department for Education

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


Absence statistics guide

Department for Education

A guide outlining how statistics on pupil absence are produced.


Academy conversion: important dates

Department for Education

Deadlines for schools converting to academy status.


Alternative provision census 2017: guide

Department for Education

Guide for local authorities and providers of alternative provision to help them submit alternative provision census 2017 data.


Alternative provision census 2017: technical specification

Department for Education

Business and technical specification for local authorities and software suppliers to prepare for the alternative provision census 2017.


School and college performance tables documents: ages 16 to 18

Department for Education

Methodology and technical documents about the 2015 data in the 16 to 18 school and college performance tables.


School and college performance tables documents: key stage 4

Department for Education

Methodology and technical documents about the 2015 data in the key stage 4 school and college performance tables.


Phonics screening check data collection 2016: guide

Department for Education

Guide for local authorities to help them complete and return the 2016 phonics screening check data collection.


Early years foundation stage profile return 2016: COLLECT guide

Department for Education

Guide for local authorities on submitting and editing data for the 2016 early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) return using COLLECT.


Early years foundation stage profile return 2016: guide

Department for Education

Guide for local authorities submitting data for the 2016 early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) return.


School performance tables supporting documents: key stage 2

Department for Education

Methodology and technical documents about the 2015 data in the key stage 2 school performance tables.


Key stage 1 assessments collection 2016: guide

Department for Education

How local authorities should complete and submit data for the 2016 key stage 1 (KS1) assessment results data collection.


Cloud software services: how schools should protect data

Department for Education

Data protection guidance for schools considering using cloud software services ('the cloud') to hold sensitive information.


Individualised Learner Record (ILR): sources of data

Skills Funding Agency

Information about data sources for the individualised learner record (ILR) including the learning aim reference service (LARS) database.


ILR data: check that it meets standards and quality requirements

Skills Funding Agency

Provider data self assessment toolkit (PDSAT) and reports to help FE providers make accurate and complete ILR data returns.


Open Consultation


Teaching Excellence Framework: year 2 - technical consultation

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

This consultation is seeking views on the detailed proposals for the operation of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in year 2, including:

  • how the TEF will assess teaching excellence
  • the criteria that will define teaching excellence
  • how judgements about excellence will be made, including the evidence base and use of core metrics
  • how TEF outcomes will be communicated

This technical consultation should be read with the government’s white paper. It sets out the broad delivery framework for the TEF across years 1 to 4 and covers the operation of the TEF in year 1.


Childcare workers: changes to disqualification arrangements

Department for Education

We plan to revise arrangements for those disqualified from working with children because they live with a disqualified person.

The arrangements apply to people working in:

  • schools
  • non-domestic registered settings (for example, private, voluntary and independent nurseries)

Consultation Outcome


Risk protection arrangement for academy trusts

Department for Education

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


Keeping children safe in education: proposed changes

Department for Education

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


Adult further education: measuring success - detailed proposals

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The plan is to:

  • publish destinations data in Autumn 2016 for 2013 to 2014 learners
  • start to use the measures for accountability purposes formally from Autumn 2017
  • continue to encourage including these measures in local outcome agreements
  • provide more details about how we will use the measures for accountability purposes later this year

Higher education: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The decisions include:

  • making it easier for high-quality new providers to start up, achieve degree awarding powers, and secure university title status
  • requiring all universities to publish detailed information about application, offer and progression rates, broken down by gender, ethnicity and disadvantage
  • publishing employment and graduate earnings data to provide prospective students with the best possible information
  • establishing the Office for Students (OFS) as the new regulator for all higher education providers
  • implementing the Teaching Excellence Framework which, for the first time, will link teaching funding to quality and not just quantity, a principle long established for research
  • establishing new safeguards to protect students and the sector’s reputation, with a risk-based approach to regulation so the OFS can focus attention where it is most needed
  • establishing a single, strategic funding body that enables the UK to lead the world in multi-disciplinary research - our plans ensure that each Research Council and Innovate UK keep their identities and separate budgets, with the dual-support system protected for the first time
  • launching a call for evidence on switching course or university and accelerated degrees

Research and analysis


Further education qualifications in maths and English: returns and benefits

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

This report presents an analysis of labour market returns for individuals achieving qualifications at level 2 and below in further education. It estimates the impact on earnings, the probability of being employed and the probability of being on active benefits.


Apprenticeships evaluation: learner survey 2015

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The survey examined the views and experiences of 5,000 apprentices who were currently on an apprenticeship or had finished an apprenticeship programme between 1 March 2014 and 31 October 2014. It also covered 800 higher apprentices. The report updates findings from the earlier 2014 survey.

The research monitors how far apprenticeships are meeting the needs of apprentices, and identifies potential aspects of the programme for further improvement.

The evaluation also looks at the views and experiences of employers - these are available in the employer report for 2015.

The full report and data will be published shortly.


Apprenticeships evaluation: employer survey 2015

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

This survey examines the views and experiences of 4,000 employers whose employees had finished an apprenticeship programme between 1 March 2014 and 31 October 2014. It updates findings from an earlier 2014 apprenticeship evaluation employer survey.

This research monitors the extent to which apprenticeships are meeting the needs of employers. It also identifies aspects of the programme that are under-performing.

The evaluation also looks at the views and experiences of apprentices - these are available in the apprentice learner report 2015.

The full report and data will be published shortly.


Teaching Excellence Framework: interim review of data sources

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

A Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is being introduced to identify, reward and encourage high quality teaching within higher education institutions (HEIs). This review, by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), examines the proposed data sources for the metrics to be used to assess teaching quality and student outcomes.

This publication includes the initial findings and makes recommendations for improvements to data collection and processing. The final review will include findings on questionnaire design and further discussion of benchmarking.


SEN: analysis and summary of data sources

Department for Education

Analysis and links to data sources on children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) in England.