Standards for official statistics published by DfE

Documents describing the standards we follow to produce official statistics.


Developing DfE statistics in 2018

Statement of administrative sources

Statement of administrative sources: annex

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Statistical policy statement on revisions

Quality assurance of education statistics

Performance tables attainment data: statement of administrative sources

Performance tables: user survey and feedback

School census: data quality and processing


Topics covered include:

  • administrative sources (data from schools, local authorities, and other organisations, including awarding bodies)
  • revisions to statistical publications (due to methodology or data changes, or errors)
  • confidentiality (through personnel, data and statistical disclosure control)
  • quality principles and procedures (including relevance, accuracy, timeliness and punctuality, accessibility and clarity, comparability, and coherence)
  • compliance with the pre-release access to the Official Statistics Order 2008 (the operational arrangements for giving ministers and officials pre-release access to DfE official statistics before publication)
  • user engagement (how we identify and communicate with our users to provide the statistics they need)
  • the steps we take to collect and validate school census data
Published 23 April 2013
Last updated 22 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Developing DfE Statistics in 2018'.
  2. Added document 'School census: data quality and processing'.
  3. Updated policy documents on 'Statement of administrative sources' and its annex and 'Statistical policy statement on revisions'. Added 'Quality assurance of education statistics'.
  4. Added links to performance tables attainment data and a user survey.
  5. Added 'Statement of administrative sources' and 'Statement of administrative sources: annex'.
  6. Replaced 'Pre-release access to official statistics order 2008' with updated document.
  7. 'Statistical policy statement on user engagement' document added to page.
  8. First published.