This is a list of all our most recent educational news items posted on this website via our RSS news feed.
You can also find information about educational news and topics on school improvement via our archive of educational podcasts.
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:
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.Revised Ofsted Guidance for Inspections
Ofsted has published revised guidance for the inspection of maintained schools and academies. Inspectors will be using the latest guidance from September 2014.Qualifications for Future Secondary Performance Tables
The DFE has published details of the qualifications that will count toward future secondary performance tables from 2017. This clarifies details about which qualifications are eligible, including the status of legacy GCSEs, such as English and mathematics, taken in 2016 or earlier.Ofsted Pupil Premium Update Report
Ofsted has published an update report on the progress schools have made in using their pupil premium funding to raise achievement for pupils eligible for free school meals. The report is based on evidence from 151 inspections carried out between January and December 2013, text review of 1,600 school inspection reports published between September 2013 and March 2014, and national performance data for 2013.Research and analysis: Academy sponsor profiles
The results of research to understand how academy chains work and examine the factors behind their relative performance.Music Education in England - A Review by Darren Henley
This review of music education in the English school system lays down recommendations for minimum expectations of what any child going through the system should receive in terms of an education in music. It also outlines a national plan, which lays down the expectations of how Music Education should develop over the coming years.Monitoring schools with serious weaknesses
This document was updated in May 2014. Guidance for inspecting schools that require significant improvement and have serious weaknesses under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. This guidance sets out the judgements that inspectors make and report on during monitoring inspections of schools that have serious weaknesses. It indicates the main activities that need to be undertaken from the time the school is notified of the monitoring inspection until publication of the monitoring inspection letter to the school.The Munro Review of Child Protection - Interim Report
This is the second report of the review of child protection in England. This Interim Report: The Child's Journey looked at how the system could be reformed to keep a focus on the child’s journey – the journey from needing help to receiving it. It covers a number of areas, including work with children and families who have not yet met the threshold for child protection.Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2013
This statistical first release (SFR) reports on absence in state-funded primary and secondary schools during the autumn term 2013. For the first time, termly information on absence in pupil referral units has also been included.School Data Dashboard updated for Key Stage 4 results
Ofsted has updated the School Data Dashboard with 2013 Key Stage 4 results. The School Data Dashboard provides headline measures of school performance for governors and schools to use in their drive for improvement.Schools Annual Report 2012-13 Published
This latest report from HMCI at Ofsted has been published and is available online from the Ofsted website.Revised Key Stage 2 Test Results for 2013 Published
Revised key stage 2 results for pupils in schools in England at national, regional and local authority level, broken down by pupil characteristics, has now been published.Framework for Regulation of Provision on EYR Published
This guidance was updated in November 2013 and explains how we regulate and inspect providers registered on Early Years Register and Childcare Register. It summarises the main features of registration, inspection and the enforcement action Ofsted may take. Links provided to download the guidance as either Word or PDF documents.Design Details of New GCSEs in England
Ofqual has confirmed some of the key features of new GCSEs in English literature, English language and maths to be introduced in England for first teaching from September 2015. New GCSEs in other subjects will be introduced from the following year.2013 Provisional KS2 Results
This report just published provides provisional information on the outcomes of clerical reviews and reviews of marking for the 2013 key stage 2 national curriculum tests in English reading, mathematics and English grammar, punctuation and spelling. The report provides information on review requests and review outcomes for the level 6 tests, administered by schools on an optional basis, as well as the statutory levels 3 to 5 tests. The report is provisional as the data does not yet take account of the outcomes of any process review applicationsReport on 3D Printing Pilot Published
A report on the ways in which 3D printing was being used in a pilot, in which 21 schools took part. The pilot took place between 2012-2013 to look into new and innovative ways of teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and design subjects using 3D printers in the classroom. The report can be downloaded from the DFE website as a PDF file.Provisional A Level and other Level 3 Results Published
Provisional results for A Level and other Level 3 results in England for 2012-2013 have been published. There is a wide range of documents available to download via the DFE website.Real Apprenticeships
England needs an apprenticeship revolution, with 150-300,000 extra three-year apprenticeship starts each year for young people, according to a major new analysis by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for the Sutton Trust. A PDF publication for download.2013 Provisional GCSE and Equivalent Results
The first statistical release has been published for 2013 Provisional GCSE and Equivalent Results, including Key Stage 3. A range of documents are now available to download.Pupil Absence in Schools (England)
Levels of overall, authorised and unauthorised absence - by school type and reason, with summary statistics on persistent absentees are included in the range of documents now published. The data covers autumn 2012 through to Spring 2013.Changes to early entry at GCSE
The Secretary of State for Education has announced that, with effect from 29 September 2013, only a student’s first entry to a GCSE examination will count in their school’s performance tables.
For those who have already completed a GCSE, the performance tables will still record their best result from either their previous attempt or from the next time they sit that GCSE. Those who have not yet taken a GCSE will have their first GCSE taken after 29 September 2013 count in performance tables.
The best practice guidance is aimed at helping local authorities, governing bodies, headteachers and school staff (in maintained schools and academies) make decisions on school uniforms. It suggests that schools should:
The DFE has published the proposals and consultation for primary assessment and accountability under the new national curriculum. The deadline for responses to the DFE is 11 October.New National Curriculum Framework
The DFE has published new national curriculum framework document and programmes of study. This document does not cover English, mathematics and science at Key Stage 4, which will be subject to a consultation in Autumn 2013.Ofsted report: The most able students
Ofsted has published this report which focuses on why many of the brightest students attending non-selective maintained secondary schools or academies do not achieve their potential compared to those attending grammar and independent schools. Downloads available via the Ofsted website.Ofqual launches consultation on GCSE reform
Ofqual has launched a 12 week consultation on GCSE reform. The proposals, which would apply to GCSEs in England, would see:
The DFE has published this updated statistical first release (SFR) reports on absence in primary, secondary and special schools, city technology colleges and academies during the 2011/12 school year. Information about the levels of absence (overall, authorised and unauthorised) by type of school, on persistent absentees, on absence by reason and by pupil characteristics are included.New DFE website launched
The Department for Education has today become the latest central government department to move its corporate and policy content onto the new GOV.UK website. Information for professionals working in schools or children’s services will remain on the Department for Education website at www.education.gov.uk for now, but will be moved over to GOV.UK by the end of the year.
The new website is at: http://www.gov.uk/dfe.
The LiveCode Community Edition is an open source application that runs on a variety of platforms (Mac, Windows, Linux) and can be used to create open source apps for desktop (Mac, Windows and Linux) as well as mobile devices (iOS and Android).
LiveCode is a feature rich, high level development platform with an intuitive graphical interface and a unique and easy to learn English programming language.
This open source code is free and ideal for teaching and learning in schools, focusing sharply on developing knowledge, skills and understanding of programming for modern day apps.
From 8 April teachers and special educational needs support staff will be able to apply for a scholarship. There are two PDF handbooks available to download from the DFE website:
- for SEN Support Staff (Round 2)
- for Teachers (Round 3)
A report on how effectively schools are spending the Pupil Premium and some resources for use by schools to analyse their provision have been published by Ofsted.54M for intensive classes
DEF has announced "catch-up premium" funding will go to every year 7 pupil who didn't reach the expected level in literacy and maths at the end of primary school. The funding amount equates to £500 per pupil for secondary state schools.Computer science to be included in the EBacc
The Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced that computer science will be included in the EBacc because of its importance to both the economy and education.2012 Secondary school performance statistics
Secondary school performance statistics for 2012 have been published by the DFE.NEET Statistics for Quarter 3 2012
These are the latest national statistics on NEET Statistics produced by the Department for Education, released on 22nd November 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics AuthorityEYFS Profile Attainment by Pupil Characteristics
The DFE has published this statistical release which updates the release of 1 December 2011. The key points from this release are that he percentage of children achieving a good level of development in 2012 was 64 per cent compared to 59 per cent in 2011. Between 2011 and 2012, the percentage of pupils achieving a good level of development increased for all broad groupings of pupils, regardless of gender, ethnicity, FSM eligibility, SEN stage or first language. Girls outperformed boys with 73 per cent of girls achieving a good level of development compared to 55 per cent of boys.Characteristics of Children in Need in England, 2011-12
The DFE has published the final figures on the numbers of children referred to and assessed by children's social services. This includes information on the characteristics of children in need and information on children who were the subject of a child protection plan for year ending March 2012.Phonics reading and KS1 results in England
National, regional and local authority results for the Year 1 phonics reading check and Key Stage 1 results have been published today by the DFE. The results for the phonics reading check show that 58 per cent of six-year-olds reached the expected standard (32 out of 40). Thanks to the check, teachers have identified over 235,000 pupils who will now receive additional reading support from the school.Provisional 2012 KS2 in England
National, regional and local authority figures for Key Stage 2 tests in reading, writing and maths at the end of primary school have been published, showing all round increased performance. Percentages reaching Level 4+ were 85% in English (87% in reading and 81% in writing), 84% in maths and 80% in both English and maths.Consultation on Reforming Key Stage 4 Qualifications
This DFE consultation sets out the Government’s plans to restore rigour and confidence to our examination system with the introduction of English Baccalaureate Certificates in English, maths, the sciences, history, geography and languages. Both the consultation and response form can be downloaded from the DFE website.School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document 2012
This publication is the annual revision of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document and statutory guidance which replaces the 2011 version. It contains provisions relating to the statutory conditions of employment of school teachers in England and Wales.Induction for newly qualified teachers (England) 2012
This guidance explains the provisions of the 2012 Induction Arrangements for School Teachers Regulations, which come into effect on 1 September 2012, and helps individuals to comply with the Regulations. The guidance is not a complete and authoritative statement of the law, but anyone exercising any function under the Regulations must have regard to the guidance.Pupil Absence in Schools in England, Spring Term 2012
This release reports absence during the spring term 2012 in maintained primary, secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies in England. It is based on pupil level absence data collected via the summer 2012 School Census. This release provides local level information on the rates of absence (authorised, unauthorised and overall) by type of school and the proportion of absence by reason.
Data for spring term 2011 were published in August 2011. The key points from the latest release are:
- The overall absence rate across state-funded primary and secondary schools decreased, from 5.4 per cent in spring term 2011 to 5.3 per cent in spring term 2012.
- The overall absence rate in state-funded primary schools increased, from 4.6 per cent to 4.7 per cent.
- The overall absence rate in state-funded secondary schools decreased, from 6.3 per cent to 6.0 per cent.
This brief sets out the latest statistics available on NEET in England from the DfE 16 - 18 Participation SFR, the Labour Force Survey, and regional NEET figures.Exclusions Data from Schools in England 2010/11
The Statistical First Release (SFR) has been published and provides information about exclusions from schools and exclusion appeals in England during 2010/11. It reports national trends in the number of permanent and fixed period exclusions together with information on the characteristics of excluded pupils such as age, gender, ethnicity, free school meal eligibility, and special educational needs as well as the reasons for exclusion. The key points from the latest release are: - There were 5,080 permanent exclusions from state-funded primary, state-funded secondary and all special schools in 2010/11. - In 2010/11 there were 271,980 fixed period exclusions from state-funded secondary schools, 37,790 fixed period exclusions from state-funded primary schools and 14,340 fixed period exclusions from special schools. - The average length of a fixed period exclusion in state-funded secondary schools was 2.4 days, for state-funded primary schools the average length of a fixed period exclusion was 2.1 days. - The permanent exclusion rate for boys was approximately 3 times higher than that for girls. The fixed period exclusion rate for boys was almost 3 times higher than that for girls. - Pupils with SEN with statements are around 9 times more likely to be permanently excluded than those pupils with no SEN. - Children who are eligible for free school meals are nearly 4 times more likely to receive a permanent exclusion and around 3 times more likely to receive a fixed period exclusion than children who are not eligible for free school meals.Destinations of KS4 and KS5 pupils in 2009/10
These are experimental statistics. This Statistical Release on Education Destination Measures shows the percentage of students progressing to further learning in a school, Further Education or 6th Form College, Apprenticeship, work based learning provider or Higher Education Institution. Two destination measures are being introduced to show the destinations of young people the year after KS4 and the year after taking A level or equivalent qualifications (KS5):
- The Key Stage 4 Measure is based on activity at academic age 16 (i.e. the year after the young person finished compulsory schooling)
- The Key Stage 5 Measure is based on activity in the year after the young person took their A Level or equivalent qualification/s
To be included in the Measure, young people have to show sustained participation in an education destination in all of the first two terms of the year after they completed KS4 or took A level or equivalent qualifications. The first two terms is defined as October to March.
The statistics are published as "Experimental Statistics" and do not display the National Statistics Logo. They are still being evaluated and remain subject to further testing to determine their reliability and ability to meet customer needs. The figures should be treated with caution as this is the first year for which such data have been produced. As improvements are made to the methodology, data quality will be assessed to establish whether the statistics meet the quality standards for National Statistics.
- 85% of young people were recorded as being in a sustained education destination in the year after Key Stage 4
- 64% of young people were recorded as being in sustained education in the year after they took their A Level or equivalent qualification/s (KS5)
This Statistical First Release (SFR) brings together the information available on special educational needs and related information about special schools in England. It provides analyses on the characteristics of pupils by their provision of SEN together with the assessment and placement of pupils with statements of SEN. It is based on pupil level data collected via the School Census and Local Authority level data collected via the SEN2 survey.
- In January 2012, some 226,125 pupils (2.8 per cent) across all schools in England had statements of SEN. This percentage has remained unchanged in recent years.
-In 2012 there were some 1,392,215 pupils with SEN without statements, 17.0 per cent of pupils across all schools, compared to 17.8 per cent in 2011. Most of the decrease is in pupils at School Action.
This document sets out the final funding arrangements for the financial year 2013-14. It highlights important aspects of detail that have been clarified or firmed up and provides a summary of the consultation responses.Pupil Absence in Schools in England - Autumn Term 2011
This Statistical First Release (SFR) reports absence during the autumn term 2011 in maintained primary schools, maintained secondary schools, city technology colleges and academies in England. It is based on pupil level absence data collected via the spring 2012 School Census. This release provides local level information on the rates of absence (authorised, unauthorised and overall) by type of school; number of persistent absentees and the number on track to becoming persistent absentees; and the proportion of absence by reason.
Data for autumn term 2010 were published in May 2011.
The Head of Profession for Statistics decided to delay the publication of these statistics pending the completion of further quality assurance checks. These statistics were published on Thursday, 14 June 2012; they were due to issue on Tuesday, 29 May 2012.
The key points from the latest release are:
The Government announced an independent review, led by Professor Cathy Nutbrown, to consider how best to strengthen qualifications and career pathways in the foundation years.
Professor Nutbrown has now produced her interim report. The review looks at qualifications - both for young people who are new to the early education and childcare sector, and for those already employed - and also how to promote progression into the labour market, higher level education and other training routes.
Professor Nutbrown conducted a large-scale public consultation to gather evidence towards her review. The report of this call for evidence can be found on this page under ‘Summary of Results'.
A DFE report based on research on the outcomes for students from early entries at GCSE is available. Statistical information is presented about recent trends in early entries with a focus on English and mathematics in particular. The report is available for download in PDF format.National Curriculum Framework Report
A report from the Expert Panel's thinking on a range of important issues has been published. This includes an overarching conception of the purposes, shape, size and structure of the curriculum. The report focuses in particular on a number of recommendations, some of which have the potential to result in radical change to the National Curriculum, beyond change to curriculum content.New school inspection documents for 2012 published
The three main documents for Ofsted's new arrangements for school inspection, due to commence in January 2012, have been published today. Available on the Ofsted website, they include the inspection framework, the evaluation schedule and guidance on how inspections should be conducted. Also available, to assist schools in preparing for inspection, are a series of short videos, PowerPoint presentations and detailed "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQs). These are all designed to ensure that details of the new arrangements are clearly explained.Pupil Premium - Increase in value and scope
The DFE has announced that the Pupil Premium will rise to £600 from next financial year. Furthermore, the scope for eligibility has also been widened so that any child registered for Free School Meals (FSM) in the past six years the will now qualify. Further details are available via the DFE website website.Provisional 2011 GCE A-Level and equivalent results
Information on the overall achievements of young people in GCE and Applied GCE A-level examinations and other equivalent qualifications has been released. This information is based on data collated for the 2011 School and College Performance Tables. Achievements in all Level 3 qualifications approved under Section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act (2000) are included. The DfE Performance Table points are used to calculate point scores for all Level 3 qualifications - see technical notes for more details. Further details are available via the Research and Statistics Gateway website.Provisional 2011 GCSE Results
Earliest information on the overall achievements of young people in GCSE examinations and other accredited qualifications in 2010/11 has been released. The information is taken from data collated for the 2011 Secondary School Performance Tables. New statistics about the entries and achievements in each English Baccalaureate subject area as well as new national tables showing pupils making expected progress in English and mathematics from 2007/8 to 2010/11 and showing expected progress broken down by prior attainment and KS4 grades. Further details are available via the Research and Statistics Gateway website.Provisional Subject Results from JCQ
Provisional subject results for GCS A-Levels, GCSE and diplomas area available to download from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JVQ) website. The statistics presented in tables includes both cumulative percentages and percentage by awarded grades as well as gender data and comparisons with results in 2010. Further details and downloads are available via the JCQ website.Provisional Results for Key Stage 1 in 2011
Provisional results for Key Stage 1 in 2011 have been published, based on the achievements of eligible pupils in the 2011 National Curriculum teacher assessments. Information includes results by level, gender, ethnicity, English as an additional language, free school meal eligibility, special educational need and the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index. The statistics show 84% of pupils achieved the expected level in reading, 81% in writing, 87% in speaking and listening, 90% in mathematics and 89 per cent in science. Further details and downloads are available via the DFE Research and Statistics Gateway.Expected KS1-2 Progress in English and Maths
Details about the expected progress of pupils between KS1 and KS2 for 2010-11 have been published and contain statistics at national, regional and local authority levels. The progression data for pupils reaching the end of KS2 uses a revised methodology to take into account the results from KS2 Teacher Assessments for those pupils who did not achieve a level 3-5 outcome in the KS2 National Curriculum tests. Importantly, the data previously published for 2009 and 2010 has been updated using this new method and will help when making any comparisons between results from the different years. The statistics show that 83% of pupils make the expected progress in English (86% for girls and 81% for boys) and 82% in mathematics (82% for girls and 83% for boys). Further details and downloads are available via the DFE Research and Statistics Gateway.Interim KS3 Results for 2011
National, regional and local authority interim results for Key Stage 3 tests taken by thousands of Year 9 pupils at secondary school were published today by the DFE. These indicate that 82% attained Level 5 or above in English, 81% in mathematics and 83% in science. Teachers’ own assessments in 2011 show increases in attainment at the expected level for all three subjects compared to 2010, with an increase of 3% in English and science and 1% in mathematics. Notably, there was a large gender gap of 12% in English.Interim KS2 Results for 2011
National, regional and local authority interim results for Key Stage 2 tests taken by thousands of pupils at the end of primary school were published today by the DFE. These indicate that 71% of pupils attained Level 4 or above in English, 80% in mathematics and 74% in both English and mathematics. The overall improvement compared with 2010 was 1% except for writing which improved 4% to 75% this year.Bew Report on Key Stage 2 Testing
Lord Bew published the independent review of KS2 testing, assessment and accountability. The report profiles the evidence, outlines conclusions and lists a series of recommendations. In essence external school-level accountability remains but with more trust placed on teachers through a greater weight given to their assessment. A wider range of data, to include new progress and attainment measures and rolling averages, should be published to give a fairer picture of school performance and provide better quality information for secondary schools. The review recommend that the writing composition test should be replaced with teacher assessment. The report can be downloaded via the DFE website.Report on Alternative Provision
Ofsted has published a report on alternative provision, based on sample of 23 secondary schools and academies and 16 pupil referral units. The schools included at least one student with alternative provision and were located in both urban and rural areas and varied in size and composition. Alternative provision at 61 placements were included, representing a wide range of practical courses, work placements and music studios. The report provides insights into an unregulated sector area of provision which is not formally included in inspection. Further details and downloads are available at the Ofsted website.