Statistics at DfE
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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
13 July 2017: National pupil projections: July 2017
13 July 2017: Child death reviews: year ending 31 March 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)
- 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)
- 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|
|27 July 2017||Special educational needs in England: January 2017, Special educational needs (SEN) collection|
|27 July 2017||Initial teacher training performance profiles: 2015 to 2016, Teacher training collection|
|27 July 2017||National achievement rates tables 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015, National achievement rates tables collection|
|27 July 2017||Income and expenditure in academies in England: 2015 to 2016, Local authority and school finance data collection|
|3 August 2017||Widening participation in higher education, Widening participation in higher education collection|
|10 August 2017||Apprenticeship service registrations and commitments to June 2017|
|24 August 2017||NEET statistics quarterly brief: April to June 2017, NEET collection|
|29 August 2017||Advanced learner loans application information: August 2017, Further education: advance learner loans collection|
|31 August 2017||Admission appeals for maintained primary and secondary schools in England: 2016 to 2017, Admission appeals collection|
|31 August 2017||National curriculum assessments at key stage 2: 2016 to 2017, Key stage 2 collection|
|Summer/autumn 2017||Adult further education: outcome-based success measures|
|September 2017||Looked-after children in England: year ending 31 March 2017, Looked-after children collection|
|September 2017||Phonics screening check and key stage 1 assessments: England 2017, Key stage 1 collection|
|September 2017||Planned LA and school expenditure: 2017 to 2018 financial year, Local authority and school finance data collection|
|September 2017||Participation rates in higher education, Participation rates in higher education collection|
|October 2017||Advanced learner loans application information: 2016 to 2017 (final), Further education: advance learner loans collection|
|October 2017||Further education and skills: October 2017, Further education and skills collection|
|October 2017||Provisional destinations: key stage 4 and 5 pupils, 2015 to 2016, Destinations collection|
|October 2017||Early years foundation stage profile results in England: 2016 to 2017, Early years foundation stage profile collection|
|October 2017||GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2016 to 2017 (provisional), GCSEs (key stage 4) collection|
|October 2017||A level and other 16 to 18 results: 2016 to 2017 (provisional), 16 to 19 attainment collection|
|October 2017||Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2016 and spring term 2017, Pupil absence collection|
|October 2017||Secondary school performance tables in England: 2016 to 2017 (provisional), Key stage 4 collection|
|October/November 2017||Characteristics of children in need in England: 2016 to 2017, Children in need collection|
|November 2017||Further Education and Skills: November 2017, Further education and skills collection|
|November 2017||Advanced learning loans application information: November 2017, Further education: advance learner loans collection|
|November 2017||Initial teacher training census for the academic year 2017 to 2018, Teacher training collection|
|November 2017||Education and training statistics for the United Kingdom: 2017, Education and training collection|
|November 2017||Early years foundation stage profile results: 2016 to 2017 (additional tables containing characteristic breakdowns), Early years foundation stage profile collection|
|November 2017||2017 key stage 2 national curriculum tests review outcomes (provisional), Key stage 2 collection|
|November 2017||NEET statistics quarterly brief: July to September 2017, NEET collection|
|December 2017||Looked-after children: England 2017( additional tables), Looked-after children collection|
|December 2017||National curriculum assessments at key stage 2: 2017 (revised), Key stage 2 collection|
|December 2017||2017 primary school performance tables, Performance tables collection|
|December 2017 / January 2018||Childcare and early years survey of parents 2017|
|January 2018||Revised GCSE and equivalent results in England: 2016 to 2017, Key stage 4 collection|
|January 2018||Secondary school performance tables in England: 2016 to 2017, Key stage 4 collection|
|January 2018||A level and other level 3 results: 2016 to 2017 (revised), 16 to 19 attainment collection|
|January 2018||Multi-academy trust performance measures: 2016 to 2017, GCSEs (key stage 4) collection|
|January 2018||School and college performance tables in England: 2016 to 2017, 16 to 19 attainment collection|
|January 2018||Destinations of key stage 4 and key stage 5 pupils: 2015 to 2016 (revised), Destinations 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|
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