Statistics at DfE

The Department for Education publishes official statistics on education and children.

We use data we collect on schools, further and higher education, children and young people to produce official statistics in line with the Code of Practice for official statistics. Read about the standards for official statistics we work to.


1 May 2018: Statistics update

The department is carrying out a ‘discovery’ project to better understand the needs of our users of statistics and to identify options as to how we might modernise the dissemination of our products.

The aims of the discovery are to find out who uses DfE’s official and national statistics outputs, how they currently use and access those outputs and the extent to which they meet their needs. The project also aims to explore how we can best make those outputs available to users, learning from user feedback and industry best practice.

If you are a user of our published statistics, we are keen to hear from you.

Get involved via our Discovery Questionnaire.

Neil McIvor, DfE Chief Statistician

22 February 2018: Coherence of DfE statistics

Following the update in December 2017, we have set out our plans for developing statistics over the coming year, to improve the coherence of our statistics and to further modernise our approach to dissemination.

Developing DfE statistics in 2018 outlines these plans, which includes details of how to get in touch with any questions about what we have proposed. Alongside these plans, we are undertaking user research to better understand how you want to access our data and statistics. We will provide an update on the outcome of that work in due course.

Neil McIvor, DfE Chief Statistician

20 December 2017: Statistics update

1) Data sharing transparency

On 14 December 2017 the department published details of its third-party record-level data share. We will provide routine updates to this to ensure we are being transparent about how we use citizens’ data.

2) Coherence of DfE statistics and customer insight

We have been working over the last few months to consider how we can develop our statistics and related digital services to provide a more coherent and user-friendly service. We will provide further information in the new year.

3) Unlawfully large class sizes

As set out in the June update, we have shared our guidance on collecting data on unlawfully large class sizes with both school and software suppliers. The feedback from this, alongside a range of other improvements to our data processes and statistics, resulted in our Schools, Pupils and Characteristics statistics being re-designated as national statistics in September this year.

Neil McIvor, DfE Chief Statistician

Latest statistical releases

Our latest releases of official statistics are available in the statistics release calendar.

Our ad hoc statistics and other data releases can be found in the DfE transparency data section of GOV.UK.

Statistical collections

Forthcoming publications

Regular official statistics

Details of all our upcoming official statistical releases are available in the DfE statistics upcoming release calendar.

Ad-hoc statistics and data releases

We also publish ad-hoc statistics and data releases which are not part of our regular official statistics publications, these are listed below.

Publication date Release title
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
19 July 2018 External organisation data shares
19 July 2018 National pupil database third-party requests
August 2018 National pupil database tables (KS2, exclusions, summer census)

Archived statistics

You can find statistics published since May 2010 on GOV.UK. Our archived statistics are available from the UK Government Web Archive.

Contact us

If you have a specific query, please contact the appropriate team. Details will be available at the bottom of each statistical release.

To provide general feedback please contact