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Qualification achievement rates and minimum standards

Key information and guidance about qualification achievement rates (QAR) and minimum standards.

Contact us

For all queries about qualification achievement rates (QARs) and minimum standards please contact the service desk at SDE.Servicedesk@education.gov.uk. If you have specific data queries, please complete a data query form, email this to the service desk and ask us to assign it to the ‘ESFA Business Operations QAR’ group.

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Qualification Achievement Rates update: dashboard decommissioning and new reports

From 1 October 2018, ESFA is decommissioning Birst (My BI) and the dashboards accessed through the BI Tools tab on the Hub will no longer be available.

Whilst we upgrade our reporting technology, we are providing interim QAR reports in Excel format. Your final 2016 to 2017 QAR reports and in-year R10 2017 to 2018 QAR reports are available in the ‘QAR Reports’ section of the Data Returns page on the Hub. We have also made the final 2016 to 2017 QAR reports available to Ofsted.

These interim reports contain the same data as the Birst dashboards. We have published new guidance for these reports in the guidance section below.

We will use this interim report format to publish the provisional and final 2017 to 2018 QAR data, in line with the usual publication schedule.To access these reports, please ensure you have the correct user access. Please see the hub guide to user roles and the in-year guidance for more information. For further information about the in-year 2017 to 2018 QAR data, refer to the in-year guidance document.

If you have any questions, please contact the service desk and ask us to assign your query to ‘ESFA Business Operations QAR’.

QAR blog post

Inform: May 2018 - this article explains which Funding Monitoring Reports impact on QARs.

Inform: September 2017 - this article explains some of the common data issues we encounter with QARs.

Qualification achievement rates: business rules, technical specifications and data extract guidance

The business rules outline the policy for calculating QARs for apprenticeships and for education and training.The technical specifications explain how QAR’s are calculated, what data is included and what data is excluded. The data extract guidance documents explains how a providers QAR data extracts can be used to show achievement rates to match those in the achievement rates dashboard. It also provides information about how the data is generated.

Minimum standards

Explains how we will apply minimum standards to all age apprenticeships and to adult (19+) education and training provision.

  1. Minimum standards 2017 to 2018
  2. Minimum standards 2016 to 2017
  3. Minimum standards 2015 to 2016

National achievement rates tables

The national achievement rate tables (NARTs) provide detailed information about QARs, allowing the sector to analyse and benchmark performance.

  1. National achievement rates tables 2016 to 2017
  2. National achievement rates tables 2015 to 2016

Guidance for providers

Guidance for requesting access to the Identity and Access Management System (IDAMS) and how to request the necessary user permissions to access your QAR data.

Guidance for using the Business Intelligence (BI) Qualification Achievement Rate reports for 2017 to 2018 for 2017 to 2018.

  1. How to register for an IDAMS account
Published 27 November 2017
Last updated 26 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. We've updated the information on the Qualification Achievement Rates (QAR) reports.
  2. Added Qualification Achievement Rates update: dashboard decommissioning and new reports
  3. Added minimum standards 2017 to 2018 guidance
  4. We have released the in-year Qualification Achievement Rate (QAR) data for 2017 to 2018 on both the Hub and through the Business Intelligence (BI) dashboards.
  5. Added information about the qualification achievement rates (QARs) 2017 to 2018 – in-year data release.
  6. Added a link to our provider feedback survey.
  7. Added the qualification achievement rates 2017 to 2018.
  8. Link added to the collections page for February’s Inform
  9. Updated qualification achievement rates 2016 to 2017 documents.
  10. First published.