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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.

National reference tests: an overview

The first reference tests in English and maths will take place in March 2017 and in future years will be used when awarding GCSEs.

School capacity survey 2015: guides

Guides for local authorities completing the school capacity survey 2015, including information about providing accurate pupil forecasts.

Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2014

Levels of pupil absence in primary and secondary schools in the 2014 autumn term.

NEET statistics: quarterly brief, January to March 2015

Statistics for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) from January to March 2015 (quarter 1).

National curriculum assessments at key stage 2, 2014 (revised)

Revised information on the 2014 national curriculum assessment at key stage 2 in England, including breakdowns by pupil characteristics.

Pupil absence in schools in England: 2013 to 2014

This release reports on pupil absence in primary, secondary and special schools across the 2013 to 2014 academic year.

Schools in academy chains and LAs: performance measures

Potential measures of the performance of schools in academy chains and local authorities (LAs).

Revised GCSE and equivalent: England 2013-14

A statistical first release (SFR) providing revised information on the achievements of young people at the end of key stage 4.

Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2014

Data is based upon information collected in the January 2014 school census and includes information on the number of schools and pupils.

Secondary school performance tables in England: 2013-14

The secondary school performance tables show:

  • attainment results for pupils at the end of key stage 4
    key stage 2 to 4 progress measures in English and mathematics
  • how the performance of deprived pupils compares against other pupils in the school
  • any differences in the performance of low-attaining pupils, high-attaining pupils, and pupils performing at expected levels
Additional data on schools is available, including information on income and expenditure, workforce, pupil characteristics, pupil absence data and Ofsted information.

GCSE & equivalents by pupil characteristics: 2014

A statistical first release with revised information on pupil attainment at state-funded schools in 2013 to 2014.

Updated Phonics Screening Test Results 2014

Updated provisional information on the 2014 phonics screening check and assessments at key stage 1, including breakdowns by pupil characteristics.

Revised 2014 KS2 Assessments & National Tables

Revised information on the 2014 national curriculum assessment at key stage 2 in England, including breakdowns by pupil characteristics.

Provisional 2014 A-Level and other Level 3 results

This is DFE first release and provides advanced level results (A level and other level 3 results) of young people, aged 16 to 18, in England.

Provisional 2014 GCSE Results

This is a DFE statistical first release providing provisional information on the achievements of young people at the end of key stage 4 in England. This includes useful information and methodologies about the significant impact of major reforms on results data – reform of vocational qualifications (The Wolf Report 2011) and the introduction of early entry policy.

EYFS Results for 2013-14

This DFE first release provides early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) results in England, for the 2013 to 2014 academic year, at national and local authority level.

Pupil absence: autumn 2013 to spring 2014

This statistical first release provides information about the levels of overall, authorised and unauthorised absence by school type, with indicative statistics on persistent absentees. It relates to the period autumn 2013 to spring 2014 and includes data for primary and secondary schools.

Ofqual 2014 GCSE Briefing Note

Ofqual have published a brief explanation of the provisional summer 2014 GCSE results in a briefing paper. This includes an overview of national results with commentary as well as comparisons for different age groups (that is those aged 15 and those aged 16). An overview of performance at GCSE grades A*/A and A*-C in English, English Literature, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, science and additional science is presented together. A copy of the document is available as a PDF for download on the Ofqual website.

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