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.

Forthcoming publications

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

Announcements

31 October 2019: School funding statistics

We will be publishing new summary statistics on school funding in January 2020. While the department already publishes a great deal of information on school funding, we recognise that it can be hard to understand and navigate, and we hope this new official statistics report will help users’ understanding of this issue. In line with the Code of Practice for Statistics, a publication date will be announced on the department’s statistics release calendar in due course.

Neil McIvor, DfE Chief Statistician

4 October 2019: Explore Education Statistics - user testers needed

We have released the new official statistics dissemination platform Explore Education Statistics (EES) into private beta testing. We’re collecting feedback from users to inform any improvements that are needed ahead of us making the service public next year.

If you would like to take part in user testing please sign up using our screener survey.

Neil McIvor, DfE Chief Statistician

25 July 2019: Explore Education Statistics

Over the last 6 months we have continued to develop DfE’s new official statistics dissemination platform Explore Education Statistics (EES). We will shortly be inviting members of the public to test it and will provide an update here when we are ready to do that.

EES will mean that the look and feel of DfE statistics will be changing. There will still be a summary of time series and key messages, but the summary content will be shorter.

There will be:

  • functionality to create your own bespoke charts and tables within the platform
  • much more underlying data available to download and analyse

A huge amount of user research has gone into the service and throughout this process we have been working closely with ONS to ensure alignment with their Connected Open Government Statistics, which is looking to bring more consistency to how statistics are published across government.

For the first 12 months EES will operate in parallel with our existing statistics pages to allow us to develop and improve the service as publications are moved to the new platform.

Statistical policy

We have updated a number of our statistics policies including on pre-release access, on confidentiality and on revisions. You can find our latest statistics policies at Standards for official statistics published by DfE.

New statistics and upcoming development

Over the last year we have published new official statistics:

We are also looking at how we can bring together the wide range of information we currently publish on school funding in England.

Data sharing

We have been working closely with the ONS, Admin Data Research UK, and the Children’s Commissioner to increase the evidence available to policy makers for making decisions about how best to support young people.

The initiative will see 2011 Census records linked to educational attainment data over several years within the ONS Secure Research Service. This will allow researchers to better understand how the structure and characteristics of households influence child outcomes over time.

Neil McIvor, DfE Chief Statistician

Statistical collections

Early years

Participation and characteristics

Institutions

Attainment

Children’s social care

Participation and characteristics

Institutions

Workforce

School statistics (all age)

Participation and characteristics

Institutions

Workforce

Finance

Attainment

International

Primary

Participation and characteristics

Institutions

Attainment

Secondary

Participation and characteristics

Institutions

Attainment

16 to 18 (KS5)

Participation and characteristics

Attainment

Adult further education

Higher education

Finance

Outcomes

Participation and characteristics

Workforce

Workforce

Schools

Early years

Children’s social care

Higher education

Funding and finance

Higher education

Schools

Ad hoc statistics and data releases

Our ad hoc statistics and other data releases which are not part of our regular official statistics publications can be found in the DfE transparency data section of GOV.UK:

Upcoming releases:

  • 1 November 2019: Post-16 education: earnings outcomes for level 3 achievements
  • 5 November 2019: Comparing international GCSEs and GCSEs in England, 2018
  • 7 November 2019: Number of children’s centres, 2003 to 2019
  • 13 December 2019: National pupil database third party requests
  • 13 December 2019: DfE external data shares

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 hop.statistics@education.gov.uk.