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29 June 2017: Statistics update from the Head of Profession for Statistics at DfE
This is an update on work carried out by the statistics teams in the DfE following the commitments made in the statistical update on 16 February 2017.
1) Statistical policies and procedures
Today I have published updated versions of DfE’s statistical revisions policy and its statement of administrative data sources. Further, the department has undertaken a review of personal-level data shares by DfE, and we are committed to presenting an overview of these alongside the next routine update to the published list of national pupil database access requests. We will also be making adjustments to the published list in order to present a more coherent view of data sharing that has been through our governance processes. Having undertaken that review, we are now in a position to take a consistent approach to data sharing governance across all the personal-level data that DfE shares.
2) Customer insight
Our highest-profile statistical outputs are data related to school performance, with the ‘Find and compare schools in England’ service (‘performance tables’) being the access route for most users. As part of ongoing user research in that area, we have been exploring with groups of people for whom we believe our statistics are relevant (for example, parents choosing schools), but who do not access the data, what alternative sources they use and how the service might need to evolve in order to be more attractive to them within their decision making.
We have also been undertaking discovery work with the Open Data Institute to see how a privacy controlling application programming interface (API) has potential to offer a digital service which allows new users to engage with detailed data in an engaging and secure way.
Looking forward, we will continue to use user research and insight opportunities to talk with a wide background of people on how we can continue to grow access to our data and statistical services across a broader set of areas. As we grow the digital, data and technology community and ways of working within DfE, I am confident that customer insight will continue to grow as a fundamental aspect of iterative improvement to our outputs.
3) Coherence of DfE statistics
I have begun initial work within the department to look at how we can better release statistics in a way which gives an overview of publications. For example, we are exploring opportunities to bring together published statistics from the school census. Once we have completed this initial exploratory work we will consult on any proposals to change how we group our publications. This work ties in with our user engagement work detailed above and is part of an effort to move towards a smaller number of high-quality and coherent statistical outputs supported by tools to allow users to drill down into the data while continuing to protect confidentiality.
4) Unlawfully large class sizes
We have now shared our guidance with both schools (as data suppliers) and software suppliers (who facilitate the capture of the data) on unlawfully large class sizes. Both agreed the guidance was clear and when we tested their understanding it showed there was a consistent interpretation of the rules on recording unlawfully large infant classes.
5) Quality assurance
I have today published the framework for quality assurance that we are embedding within the department’s statistics production teams. This work is based on the quality checks undertaken on the school performance tables and my team will be working over the coming months to ensure these principles - which build on well-established quality assurance processes - are integrated into statistics production across the department. I would welcome any comments from users and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. I will provide a further update before the end of the year.
DfE Head of Profession for Statistics
Latest statistical releases
16 November 2017: Teaching school alliances: 2015 to 2016
9 November 2017: Education and training statistics for the UK: 2017
2 November 2017: Characteristics of children in need in England: 2016 to 2017
- 14 to 19 diploma
- 16 to 19 attainment
- Adult further education outcome-based success measures
- Admission appeals
- Childcare and early years
- Child death reviews
- Children’s social care workforce
- Children in need
- Early years foundation stage profile
- Education and training
- Further education: advance learner loans
- Further education and skills: learner participation and qualifications collection
- GCSEs (key stage 4)
- Graduate labour market
- Higher education graduate employment and earnings
- Key stage 1
- Key stage 2
- Key stage 3
- Local authority/school finance data
- Looked-after children
- National achievement rates tables
- Neighbourhood (absence and attainment)
- Outcome-based success measures (further education)
- Participation rates in higher education
- Performance tables
- Pupil absence
- Pupil projections
- School and pupil numbers
- School applications
- School capacity
- School workforce
- Secure children’s homes
- Special educational needs (SEN)
- Teacher training
- Widening participation in higher education
- Youth cohort study
This schedule gives the planned publication dates of our statistical releases for the coming year.
|Publication date||Release title|
|November 2017||National pupil database tables (phonics, KS1, KS4/5 unamended, early years foundation stage profile, 2-term absence)|
|23 November 2017||NEET statistics quarterly brief: July to September 2017, NEET collection|
|23 November 2017||Further education and skills: November 2017, Further education and skills collection|
|30 November 2017||Advanced learning loans application information: November 2017, Further education: advance learner loans collection|
|30 November 2017||Initial teacher training census for the academic year 2017 to 2018, Teacher training collection|
|30 November 2017||Early years foundation stage profile results: 2016 to 2017 (additional tables containing characteristic breakdowns), Early years foundation stage profile collection|
|7 December 2017||Looked-after children: England 2016 to 2017 (additional tables), Looked-after children collection|
|7 December 2017||Apprenticeship service registrations and commitments to October 2017, Further education and skills collection|
|14 December 2017||National curriculum assessments at key stage 2: 2017 (revised), Key stage 2 collection|
|14 December 2017||2017 primary school performance tables, Performance tables collection|
|14 December 2017||Local authority and school expenditure: 2016 to 2017 financial year, Local authority/school finance data|
|14 December 2017||National pupil database third-party requests|
|14 December 2017||Governance and transparency individual-level data sharing by the Department for Education|
|14 December 2017||External data shares|
|22 December 2017||Childcare and early years survey of parents 2017|
|11 January 2018||Apprenticeship service registrations and commitments to November 2017, Further education and skills collection|
|25 January 2018||Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2016 to 2017, Key stage 4 collection|
|25 January 2018||Secondary school performance tables in England: 2016 to 2017, Performance tables collection|
|25 January 2018||A level and other level 3 results: 2016 to 2017 (revised), 16 to 19 attainment collection|
|25 January 2018||Multi-academy trust performance measures: 2016 to 2017, GCSEs (key stage 4) collection|
|25 January 2018||School and college performance tables in England: 2016 to 2017, Performance tables collection|
|January 2018||Further education and skills: January 2018, Further education and skills collection|
|February 2018||Children’s social work workforce, year ending 30 September 2017, Children’s social care workforce collection|
|February 2018||Advanced learner loans application information: February 2018, Further education: advanced learner loans collection|
|February 2018||NEET statistics quarterly brief: October to December 2017, NEET and participation collection|
|March 2018||Characteristics of children in need: 2016 to 2017 (additional outcomes tables), Children in need collection|
|March 2018||Pupil absence in schools: 2016 to 2017, Pupil absence collection|
|March 2018||Level 2 and 3 attainment by young people aged 19 in 2017, 16 to 19 attainment collection|
|March 2018||Parental responsibility measures: 2016 to 2017 academic year, Parental responsibility measures collection|
|March 2018||Further education and skills: March 2018, Further education and skills collection|
|March 2018||Outcomes for children looked after by local authorities in England: March 2017, Looked-after children collection|
|March 2018||National pupil database tables (autumn census, national client caseload information system, children looked after, children in need, KS4/5 amended/final)|
|April 2018||National pupil database third-party requests|
|June 2018||National pupil database tables (spring census, alternative provision, early years census, 3-term absence)|
|June 2018||Independent learners record, national pupil database|
|June 2018||Higher education standards agency, national pupil database|
|August 2018||National pupil database tables (KS2, exclusions, summer census)|
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