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Corporate information: Department for Education Statistics at DfE

Department For Education

February 13
17:11 2020

We use data we collect on schools, further and higher education, children and young people to produce official statistics in line with the Code of Practice for official statistics. Read about the standards for official statistics we work to.

Forthcoming publications

Our latest releases of official statistics are available in the statistics release calendar.

Announcements

17 January 2020: Key stage 4 performance tables and statistics delayed by 2 weeks

There will be a delay of 2 weeks in the publication of revised 2019 school performance tables data for key stage 4, and the associated national statistics and multi-academy trust statistics, that were due to be published on 23 January.

The departments rigorous quality assurance processes have identified a processing issue that has led to a significant number of late results being omitted from the data used to produce the revised key stage 4 outputs. The missing results relate to re-marks in key GCSEs such as English and maths, so would have a material impact on some reported school data if omitted. To preserve the quality of our national statistics, and prevent schools being disadvantaged by incorrect data being made public, we have decided to delay the full suite of key stage 4 publications by 2 weeks to allow us to resolve the issue.

The issue only affects processing for the key stage 4 publications, the data provided to schools via the checking exercise website is correct. The provisional statistics published in October 2019 are still available to parents and the public wishing to understand trends in attainment in particular schools.

The key stage 4 publications will now be published on Thursday 6 February.

The publications affected are:

Neil McIvor, DfE Chief Statistician

31 October 2019: School funding statistics

We will be publishing new summary statistics on school funding in January 2020. While the department already publishes a great deal of information on school funding, we recognise that it can be hard to understand and navigate, and we hope this new official statistics report will help users understanding of this issue. In line with the Code of Practice for Statistics, a publication date will be announced on the departments statistics release calendar in due course.

Neil McIvor, DfE Chief Statistician

4 October 2019: Explore Education Statistics - user testers needed

We have released the new official statistics dissemination platform Explore Education Statistics (EES) into private beta testing. Were collecting feedback from users to inform any improvements that are needed ahead of us making the service public next year.

If you would like to take part in user testing please sign up using our screener survey.

Neil McIvor, DfE Chief Statistician

25 July 2019: Explore Education Statistics

Over the last 6 months we have continued to develop DfEs new official statistics dissemination platform Explore Education Statistics (EES). We will shortly be inviting members of the public to test it and will provide an update here when we are ready to do that.

EES will mean that the look and feel of DfE statistics will be changing. There will still be a summary of time series and key messages, but the summary content will be shorter.

There will be:

  • functionality to create your own bespoke charts and tables within the platform
  • much more underlying data available to download and analyse

A huge amount of user research has gone into the service and throughout this process we have been working closely with ONS to ensure alignment with their Connected Open Government Statistics, which is looking to bring more consistency to how statistics are published across government.

For the first 12 months EES will operate in parallel with our existing statistics pages to allow us to develop and improve the service as publications are moved to the new platform.

Statistical policy

We have updated a number of our statistics policies including on pre-release access, on confidentiality and on revisions. You can find our latest statistics policies at Standards for official statistics published by DfE.

New statistics and upcoming development

Over the last year we have published new official statistics:

We are also looking at how we can bring together the wide range of information we currently publish on school funding in England.

Data sharing

We have been working closely with the ONS, Admin Data Research UK, and the Childrens Commissioner to increase the evidence available to policy makers for making decisions about how best to support young people.

The initiative will see 2011 Census records linked to educational attainment data over several years within the ONS Secure Research Service. This will allow researchers to better understand how the structure and characteristics of households influence child outcomes over time.

Neil McIvor, DfE Chief Statistician

Statistical collections

Early years

Participation and characteristics

Institutions

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