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


January 17
09:47 2020

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.

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 Department for Education (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 2020

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.

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.

Provider context

Coverage estimation

Coverage estimation estimates the proportion of learners at the provider included in the IDSR, which indicates the weight that it should have in assessing provider performance. This is especially relevant for general further education colleges.

To calculate the coverage estimation, unique learners in the IDSR are identified and aggregated. This total is then divided by the cohort provided in the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) funding R14 return for 2018/19. The calculation is as follows:

Number of unique learners included in the IDSR (IDSR cohort) divided by the number of unique learners in ILR (ILR cohort).

To count in the IDSR cohort, learners must be studying one or more of the following qualifications:

  • A levels
  • other academic
  • applied general
  • tech level
  • level 2 technical certificate

Learners will also be included in the IDSR cohort if they are part of the English and mathematics progress measure.

To be included in the final ILR cohort, learners must be recorded as undertaking one or more of the following in 2018/19:

  • apprenticeships
  • education and training
  • community learning

Coverage estimation is presented as a single sentence. It will show the following, where we estimate the IDSR cohort in bands of 5%.

We estimate that between x% to x% of the total learners at this provider are included in the IDSR.

Only providers with data in the final ILR return will have a coverage estimation. For other providers, such as school sixth forms, the following sentence will appear:

Coverage estimation is not available for this provider.

Funding allocation

A sentence is included here which states the proportion of funding allocated to the provider that is for 16 to 19 study programmes, out of the total funding the provider receives. Note that this total funding does not include levy-funded apprenticeships. If funding data is not available, the sentence No funding allocation data available for 2018/19 will be generated instead.

Qualification type cohort

This table lists the number of learners undertaking each type of qualification.

Learners may be working towards more than 1 type of qualification and so may be counted more than once. Learners taking courses that are not full qualifications are not included. Learners taking academic qualifications other than A levels are not included in the table under individual qualification types but are included in the total. Therefore, the numbers in each row may not add up to the total number of learners and percentages may not add up to 100.

The number and proportion of learners who are not taking any approved qualification is also included in the table. Below the table is a sentence stating the proportion of vocational learners taking approved applied general and tech level qualifications. The DfEs guidance on technical and vocational qualifications gives the list of approved qualifications.

Areas of interest

The areas of interest in the IDSR are sentences providing inspectors with interpretation of a providers historical data. A sentence may be triggered by high or low performance, either across 2 years or in the latest year.

A sentence shown in grey may also appear when the providers data is not high or low, for example, if progress scores are not statistically significant. These are included to show inspectors that the data has been analysed but that the historical data is not an area of interest.

Sentences are not produced when either the number of learners or entries is fewer than 11.

Sentences referring only to the latest year will only be generated for a measure when there are no sentences generated in relation to that measure which refer to the previous 2 years.

The top and bottom percentages are determined using percentiles. These divide the provider population into 100 equal groups according to the distribution of values of a particular variable, with approximately 1% of the providers held in each. Any value that falls within the first 10 percentiles will be flagged

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