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2017 GCSE New Grading Scale Factsheets

Information about the new GCSE grades for parents, employers and further and higher education providers. There are two PDF documents provided:

  • GCSE factsheet for employers, FE and HE providers
  • GCSE factsheet for parents

2017 A Level Results Infographic

On 17 August the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) published A level results for summer 2017. This infographic summarises those results.

Evaluation of 30 Hours Free Childcare

An evaluation of eight trials of the free early education entitlement and the early innovators programme.

2017 Provisional Key Stage 2 Results

Provisional headline information on the 2017 national curriculum assessments at key stage 2.

Clarification on new GCSE grade terminology

A letter from the Education Secretary to the Education Select Committee about the GCSE grades 9 to 1. In particular, this letter sets out expectations on equivalence of grade 4 to the former grade C to be termed as a "standard pass". A "strong pass" will be regarded as grade 5.

Guidance: Primary school accountability

Technical guidance on primary accountability and school-level progress measures. This guide is for all primary schools. It sets out how the DFE calculate primary school accountability measures. The 2016 school performance tables will reflect these calculations.

Guidance on school performance: KS2 similar schools

Information about how to use school performance tables to see how a school is performing at key stage 2 compared to a school with a similar intake of pupils. A ‘similar intake of pupils’ is calculated by estimating the attainment for each pupil achieving the expected standard or higher in reading, writing and mathematics.

Primary School Performance Tables: 2016

Achievements of pupils in each state-funded primary school in England.

2016 EYFS Profile results

Early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) results for the 2015 to 2016 academic year, at national and local authority level.

2016 Provisional A level and other 16-18 results

Provisional information on A level and other results for 16- to 18-year-olds at the end of their final year.

2016 Provisional GSCE and equivalent results

Provisional statistics on the achievements of young people at the end of key stage 4 in England, in the 2015 to 2016 academic year.

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.

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