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Weekly DfE Publications W/C 10.09.2018

T Level panels: membership

Transparency data

T Level panels are responsible for developing the outline content for new T Levels.

The panels are made up of employers, professional bodies and providers and help in creating technical education programmes.

There are T Level panels across the 11 routes for 2020 and 2023:

T Levels are 2-year technical study programmes for 16 to 19-year-olds that include a qualification and an industry placement.

School census 2018 to 2019: funding report guides


Use these reports in COLLECT to check the accuracy of the data you’ve collected in the 2018 to 2019 school census for funding purposes.

COLLECT is the Department for Education’s centralised data collection and management system.

Alternative provision census 2019: guide


Alternative provision (AP) provides education for children who cannot attend a mainstream school.

This document will help local authorities and providers of AP to:


School census 2018 to 2019 term-on-term user guide


This document gives a detailed explanation of the 11 term-on-term checks in COLLECT (Collections Online - Learners, Education, Children and Teachers).

It provides information to help schools and local authorities enter explanations of changes.

School census 2018 to 2019: guide for schools and LAs


This guide will help schools and local authorities:

This document should be used as a handbook for data collected for the purposes of the school census. It should be stored in schools’ management information systems (MIS) throughout the year and not just used as a guide for census days.

30 hours free childcare local evaluation


This guidance and spreadsheet tool are for local authorities and childcare providers.

It offers best practice guidance on:

Childcare and early years survey of parents: 2017 follow-up survey

Research and analysis

The follow-up survey provides evidence to understand the 30 hours of childcare policy introduced in September 2017.

The follow-up survey was carried out between April and July 2018, with parents with a child born between 1 September 2012 and 31 March 2015. Children in working families born between these dates were eligible to receive hours of childcare under the 30 hours offer at some point in the 2017 to 2018 school year.

30 hours free childcare: evaluation of the national rollout

Research and analysis

The evaluation collected data from 12 local authorities, which included surveys, interviews and census returns.

It aimed to:

Initial teacher training allocations methodology: 2019 to 2020


The requesting ITT places document explains the process lead schools and accredited ITT providers should follow to request ITT places for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.

The allocations methodology sets out the characteristics and criteria that DfE have considered for granting permission to recruit and allocating ITT places for:

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools


This information is for:

It provides details on how to:

The guide’s buying arrangements are also open to:

An AED is a machine you can use to give an electric shock to a person to restore their normal heart rhythm.

School attendance: guidance for schools


This guidance will help you maintain high levels of school attendance and plan school hours, term and holiday dates. It provides information about interventions to address pupils’ poor attendance and behaviour at school.

Academy trusts: notices about poor performance

Transparency data

A spreadsheet listing all academy trusts in receipt of pre-warning notice or warning notice letters about poor or inadequate performance.

Get financial advice for schools


Schools might want to get external support to help them review their finances, identify problems and take appropriate action. Third parties may charge schools for their services.

Use the ‘Schools financial advice – directory of suppliers’ to:

Use the ‘Schools financial advice - structure’ document to:

Schools financial efficiency: metric tool


This tool is for:

It allows schools to gauge their efficiency based on:

Essential digital skills framework


This framework has been designed to support providers, organisations and employers across the UK who offer training for adults to secure their essential digital skills.

The frameworks sets out 5 categories of essential digital skills for life and work:

There is also information about foundation skills, which are typically required by those not currently using digital technology or using it in limited ways.

This is the first update of the basic digital skills framework since its original publication in 2015. Changes have been subject to wide consultation across:

The most significant change to the framework is the introduction of specific skills statements for life and work, to show progression.

School resource management self-assessment tool


The tool helps assure governing bodies and trust boards that they are meeting the standards to achieve a good level of financial health and resource management.

It can be used to identify areas for change to make sure resources are used to support high-quality teaching and the best education outcomes for pupils.

The tool consists of a checklist and a dashboard.

The checklist asks questions of governing bodies and trust boards in 6 areas of resource management.

The dashboard shows how a school’s data compares to thresholds on a range of statistics that have been identified by the Department for Education as indicators of good resource management and outcomes.

Employer skills survey 2017: England and local toolkit

Research and analysis

Survey findings for England in the form of a slide pack and data tables at the following geographic levels: national, regional, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Education Authority. Findings for other areas of the UK are available in the wider collection.

Teacher Recruitment Bulletin


The Teacher Recruitment Bulletin has replaced the School Direct bulletin. This is a monthly bulletin with the latest news on teacher recruitment for schools and ITT providers.

Apprenticeship and levy statistics: September 2018

Official Statistics

This publication provides headline official statistics on the use of the apprenticeship service. These include apprenticeship service account registrations (ASAs) and numbers of commitments (reported to July 2018), where an apprentice who is expected to go on to start has been recorded in the system.

Additionally, monthly apprenticeship starts information for the first 11 months of the 2017 to 2018 academic year are also presented (reported to June 2018).

FE Choices learner satisfaction survey 2016 to 2017

Official Statistics

FE Choice learner satisfaction survey

The survey captures learners’ experiences of their college or training organisation through a series of questions.

The learner satisfaction survey performance indicator score is calculated for each eligible college or training organisation. This enables comparisons to be made against other college or training organisations of the same organisation type and also allows comparisons against any college or training organisations for which a score has been calculated.

Learner satisfaction survey: national reporting

This information provides an overview, at national level, of the findings of the FE Choices learner satisfaction survey 2016 to 2017. The survey asked learners to rate their providers on training delivered in 2016 to 2017.

The purpose of FE Choices is to provide consistent and comparable information for learners and employers to help them make informed choices about publicly funded education and training as well as providing consistent management information on key performance indicators.

Induction appeals procedures


This document sets out the procedures for induction appeals and is intended for use by teachers, their representatives, employers, appropriate bodies and panel members hearing the appeals.

Since May 1999, every newly-qualified teacher (NQT) has been required to complete a statutory induction period if they wish to teach in a maintained school, including a maintained nursery school, or a non-maintained special school in England. This induction period, of three school terms or equivalent, is undertaken once qualified teacher status (QTS) has been achieved.

Independent special schools and colleges


Independent schools for pupils with special educational needs, including those approved under section 41 of the Children and Families Act.

Data protection: toolkit for schools


To meet the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in May 2018, all organisations handling personal data, including schools, need to have the right governance measures.

This guidance will help schools develop policies and processes for data management, from collecting and handling the data through to the ability to respond quickly and appropriately to data breaches.

School teachers' pay and conditions

Statutory guidance

This statutory guidance is for:

It relates to local-authority-maintained schools in England and Wales.

School teachers’ pay and conditions: guidance


This is for:

It applies to local-authority-maintained schools.

It will help schools:

Teachers' pay grant methodology


This guidance is for:

It relates to local-authority-maintained schools and academies in England.

Academy sponsor contact list

Transparency data

This document gives contact details for approved academy sponsors, including the lead regional school commissioner (RSC) region.

It is useful for:

Find, join or create a network for school business professionals


This guide describes how business professionals working in schools can join or create a school business professional network. Networks help professionals to connect and share information.

The school business professional networks directory includes groups that provide peer-to-peer support to help with a broad range of work-related activity, including buying for schools.

You can find potential networks by regional schools commissioner (RSC) region. Inclusion in the directory does not constitute a recommendation by the Department for Education.

All levels of staff can benefit from being part of a network. A network offers many opportunities, including:

Deals for schools


Information on the national deals available to schools to help them save money on some of the things they buy regularly.

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