Standards for official statistics published by DfE

Documents describing the standards we follow to produce official statistics.


Statement of administrative sources

Statement of administrative sources: annex

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Performance tables attainment data: statement of administrative sources

Performance tables: user survey and feedback


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)