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Provisional Phonics Screening and KS1 Assessments 2016

The DfE has published provisional information on the 2016 phonics screening check and assessments at key stage 1, including breakdowns by pupil characteristics.

Consultation: Schools that work for everyone

The DFE is consulting on proposals to create more good school places. The proposals include:

  • expecting independent schools to support existing state schools, open new state schools or offer funded places to children whose families can’t afford to pay fees
  • asking universities to commit to sponsoring or setting up new schools in exchange for the ability to charge higher fees
  • allowing existing selective schools to expand and new selective schools to open, while making sure they support non-selective schools
  • allowing new faith free schools to select up to 100% of pupils based on their faith, while making sure they include pupils from different backgrounds

Key Stage 2 Assessment (Provisional) 2016

The DFE has published a more detailed release of assessments at Key Stage 2. This includes outcomes related to school type, phase and size as well as gender. Progress data will be presented in the revised release in December.

Primary School Accountability in 2016

The DFE has published technical guidance on primary accountability and school-level progress measures. The first document includes the methodology for calculating the progress scores for Key Stage 2 based on prior attainment groups. A second document is a summary.

Infographic: GCSE Results 2016

Ofqual have published a summary infographic of GCSE results from this summer.

Detalied Analysis of Summer 2016 GCSE Results

A detailed analysis of this summer's GCSE results has been published by Ofqual.

JCQ publications for GCE results 2016

Full details of all published results from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) for AS and A level results for summer 2016.

Infographic: AS and A level results 2016

On 18 August the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) published AS and A level results for summer 2016. This infographic summarises those results.

Download direct: AS and A level results 2016.

Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England 2014-15

Permanent and fixed-period exclusions within the 2014 to 2015 academic year in:

  • state-funded primary schools
  • state-funded secondary schools
  • special schools
It includes information on:
  • reasons schools report for excluding pupils
  • exclusions for different pupil groups
  • independent exclusion review panels
This year the release also includes information for the first time on:
  • school level exclusions
  • exclusions from pupil referral units
The release is based on exclusion data collected via the school census.

School absence and exclusions team
Email Telephone: Clare Darvell 020 734 07287

KS2 National curriculum assessments 2016 (interim)

This statistical first release (SFR) gives provisional headline figures on 2016 key stage 2 national curriculum assessment results for pupils in schools in England. It includes results from the key stage 2 tests in:

  • reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • mathematics and writing teacher assessments

Secondary school performance tables: 2015

The secondary school performance tables show:

  • attainment results for pupils at the end of key stage 4
  • key stage 2 to key stage 4 progress measures in English and mathematics
  • how the performance of disadvantaged pupils compares against other pupils in the school
  • differences in the performance of
    • low-attaining pupils
    • high-attaining pupils
    • pupils performing at expected levels

Primary school performance tables: 2015

Performance tables showing the achievements of pupils in each state-funded primary school in England.

Funding for school admission appeals

DFE propose to change the Schemes for financing schools statutory guidance by adding admission appeals to the list of services local authorities can charge to local-authority-maintained schools’ budgets.

Consultation on implementing the English Baccalaureate

Consultation to seek views on:

  • what factors schools should consider when deciding that a pupil shouldn’t take all the GCSE subjects for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
  • proposed changes to the range of data we publish about school performance
  • the challenges of implementing the EBacc, including teacher recruitment
  • the impact of these proposals on pupils with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010
This consultation closes at 29 January 2016 5:00pm.

Phonics screening and KS1 assessments: England 2015

Provisional information on the 2015 phonics screening check and assessments at key stage 1, including breakdowns by pupil characteristics.

Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connections

This recently published report examines how students' access to ICT devices has evolved, explores how education systems are integrating ICT into students' learning experiences and the impact on performance outcomes related to PISA assessment. There is a useful summary overview available on the OECD blog: Education Today and the report can be downloaded in PDF format.

Provisional KS2 national curriculum assessments: England 2015

Provisional information on the 2015 national curriculum assessments at key stage 2 in England.

Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2013-14

Levels of permanent and fixed-period exclusions by school type, including information on reasons for exclusions and exclusion review panels.

Provision for children under 5 years of age: January 2015

Statistics on early years provision for children under 5 years in England. The data on the provision of education for children under 5 years of age includes the number of children benefiting from funded early years education and providers of funded early years education.

Special educational needs in England: January 2015

Information from the school census on pupils with special educational needs (SEN), and SEN provision in schools. This is based upon the characteristics of pupils by their: level of SEN provision - education, health and care (EHC) plan or SEN support and type of SEN. It is based on pupil-level data collected via the school census.

Interim retention measure for school sixth forms: 2013-14

This statistical first release (SFR) sets out the proportion of academic and vocational courses completed by 16- to 19-year-olds. The qualifications it covers include: A levels, AS levels and a range of other academic and vocational qualifications.

We previously published qualification success rates for schools, but no longer do so. We’re developing a new retention measure to replace qualification success rates as part of planned reforms to the 16 to 19 accountability system from 2016. To prepare for the new retention measure, this interim retention measure is based on the retention element of qualification success rates.

National curriculum assessments: 2016 sample materials

This collection comprises a set of test materials including mark schemes and test administration instructions for the 2016 KS1 and KS2 national curriculum tests. It also includes information about scaled scores (assessment without levels) and statutory trialling, both of which are introduced in 2016.

Timeline of changes to GCSEs, AS and A levels

An overview of what changes will be made to GCSE, AS and A level qualifications between 2015 and 2019. First published November 2014, updated June 2015.

Changes to education inspection from September 2015

Details of the changes to how Ofsted will inspect early years provision, schools and further education and skills from September 2015.

Prevent duty guidance

Prevent duty guidance for Scotland and England and Wales.

Keeping children safe in education

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.

Neighbourhood statistics in England: academic year 2013-14

Residency-based pupil attainment data for 2014 by gender, free school meal eligibility and ethnicity.

A level reform: regulations for biology, chemistry and physics

Proposed regulations and guidance for the design, delivery and award of new biology, chemistry and physics A levels.

Assessment arrangements for GCSE English language

Ofqual is announcing how spoken language assessments will be conducted, assessed and graded for the new GCSE in English language.

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