Detailed guide: 16 to 19: inspection data summary report (IDSR) guide


January 22
09:30 2021

Overview of the IDSR: 16 to 19 study programmes

The IDSR is a PDF file showing data for Ofsted inspectors to use when preparing for and during inspection. The IDSR is designed to align with our further education and skills inspection handbook, so that areas of interest can be used to identify inspection trails. The format of the 16 to 19 study programmes IDSR is consistent with the IDSRs for the primary and secondary stages of education.

The 16 to 19 IDSR was updated in January 2021 and includes 2019 revised and final Department for Education (DfE) school and college performance tables data. Value-added, attainment and English and mathematics progress measures are based on revised data. Final data is used for retention and completion and attainment measures. The destinations measures have now been updated with the provisional data for destinations of learners in the academic year 2018 to 2019, which was released by the DfE in November 2020.

For further education and skills providers with only 16 to 19 provision, the 16 to 19 study programmes IDSR is provided as a standalone document. If a school has younger pupils in earlier key stages as well as 16 to 19 provision, the IDSRs are combined. The 16 to 19 provision pages come after those that relate to primary or secondary key stages.

IDSRs are available through DfE sign-in.

The IDSR is a PDF file showing data Ofsted inspectors use for inspections. It aligns with our education inspection framework.

You can get your IDSR by logging into your DfE Sign-in account:

  1. go to Analyse School Performance (ASP)
  2. click on All reports
  3. select Ofsted inspection data summary reports
  4. click Visit the Ofsted IDSR service to download your schools report

: Analyse School Performance

Supporting data tables used for the 2019 IDSR show national figures and quintile boundaries that trigger areas of interest sentences.

IDSR 2019

We have re-developed the IDSR following the introduction of the new education inspection framework (EIF). The new IDSR contains less data and has reduced in size.

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Percentile Boundaries 2019

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The new IDSR has been designed to:

  • reduce the time spent preparing for an inspection
  • provide interpretation of the data for inspectors
  • minimise the focus on small groups that distract the conversation away from meeting the needs of all learners

The IDSR continues to contain areas of interest sentences to highlight important data trends and differences to national data.

Report information

The IDSR will always show which data release the report is based on. It will also show the date the report was last released, for example: 2019 key stage 5 release date: January 2021.

Conditions of use

The IDSR conditions of use and storage are that:

  • the IDSR is to be used only for educational and analytical purposes and for informing inspection, not for any other purpose
  • data presented in the IDSR is to be shared only with those who need and are authorised to have access to the information
  • only nominated users may access the IDSR and these users must be made aware that they cannot share the IDSR without permission from the data owner
  • the IDSR should be saved in a secure location with limited access

Data protection

When accessing the data in the Ofsted IDSR service, you must recognise the privacy of that data and always comply with the Data Protection Act 2018. The Data Protection Act 2018 is the UKs implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You must ensure that you use the data that you have access to for the purpose for which the service was set up and that you do not use the data for any other purpose. You must ensure that the data is processed securely and that it is not subject to any unauthorised use or disclosure.

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