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Weekly DfE Publications W/C 15.10.2018

The Education Secretary's response to Sir David Norgrove's letter about the use of statistics


On Monday, 8 October, the UK Statistics Authority sent a letter from Sir David Norgrove to the Department of Education (DfE) regarding the use of statistics.

This is Education Secretary Damian Hinds’ response to the letter.

Employer skills survey 2017: UK findings

Research and analysis

Information from over 87,000 employer establishments across the UK on skills needs, skills use and skills development.

Technical documentation, data tables and slides by nation are also available in the wider collection.

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.

Deals for schools


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

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

Statutory guidance

This multi-agency guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) should be read and followed by all persons and bodies in England and Wales who are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. It replaces female genital mutilation: guidelines to protect children and women (2014).

This guidance should be considered together with other relevant safeguarding guidance, including (but not limited to):

It is not intended to replace wider safeguarding guidance, but to provide additional advice on FGM.

The information in this guidance may also be relevant to bodies working with women and girls at risk of FGM or dealing with its consequences.

16 to 18 accountability headline measures


The 5 new headline measures in the performance tables covering 16 to 18 education in 2017 and 2018 are:

Special educational needs survey 2019: guide


Guidance on how to submit data for the SEN2 2019 survey. It includes:

Community learning mental health research project

Research and analysis

This report evaluates phase 2 of the community learning mental health research project, which started in 2016.

The report looks at 52 adult learning providers. It examines the potential for this learning to support individuals with mild to moderate mental health problems and includes:

Communicating opportunities to apply for system leadership roles

Research and analysis

This report summarises trial research led by the behavioural insights team (BIT).

The trial tested the effect tailored communications, such as emails and letters, had on applications and appointments to NLE and teaching school programmes.

The report covers the:

Diversity of the teaching workforce: statement of intent

Policy paper

On October 11 the government announced its ambition to increase the proportion of public sector leaders from an ethnic minority background, so that the public sector workforce is fully representative of the communities it serves.

The Department for Education (DfE) also recognises the importance of a diverse teaching workforce.

Approximately a quarter of school age students come from an ethnic minority background, and a more representative teaching workforce will ensure schools are inclusive and cohesive environments.

DfE is committed to addressing the issue of underrepresentation in the teaching workforce.

A number of groups from across the schools sector are joining this commitment by co-signing the DfE’s statement of intent, and have set out activity they will seek to deliver in the coming months in the document ‘Commitments and activity to be delivered by the statement of intent co-signatories’.

Race Disparity Audit

Research and analysis

This report provides an overview of the main findings from the first release of data from the Race Disparity Audit, published in October 2017.

As well as a review of each topic on the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website, the report presents an overview of disparities that have most impact across all aspects of people’s lives.

This analysis helps to understand and assess differences between ethnic groups, and to identify those public services where disparities are diminishing and those where work is needed to develop effective strategies to reduce disparities between ethnic groups.

Mental health and wellbeing provision in schools

Research and analysis

This report summarises a research project on the information schools provide to support their pupils’ wellbeing and mental health.

The report uses a sample to evaluate activities and approaches in different schools, including:

The Department for Education (DfE) will use the findings from this report to understand how it can help schools meet their statutory duties in the future.

Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2018

National Statistics

This release provides data from the annual school census data return, which is mandatory for schools to complete.

The main tables provide breakdowns of pupil data at national and local authority level. The tables include pupil characteristics, such as:

The underlying data provides breakdowns at school level.

The technical document provides metadata and methodological information on the published data.

Introduction of T Levels

Policy paper

Information about the new T Level study programmes including:

System leadership designations: privacy notice


A privacy notice for people that apply to the Department for Education for a system leader designation.

The notice outlines:

Schools financial efficiency: metric tool


This tool is for:

It allows schools to gauge their efficiency based on:

Teachers analysis compendium 4

Official Statistics

This is the fourth release in a series of teachers analysis compendium reports. The previous 3 reports can be found in the Teacher workforce statistics and analysis collection.

The report gives an analysis on expanding supply initiatives, such as subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses and teacher subject specialism training (TSST). This is together with analysis on:

The report also give an analysis on the retention of newly qualified teachers (NQTs).

It also gives an update to previously published analysis on people entering and leaving the teaching profession, by subject.

Additional analysis on Initial Teacher Trainees eligible for a bursary will be added to this page on 25 October 2018.

Assessment only route to QTS: criteria and supporting advice


The assessment only route to qualified teacher status (QTS) allows teachers to demonstrate that they already meet all the QTS standards, without the need for any further training. Teachers need to present detailed evidence and their teaching is assessed in a school by an accredited and approved provider.

This guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) is for:

New school proposals

Transparency data

‘Local authorities seeking proposers’ contains details of all local authorities seeking proposers to establish a new academy or free school.

It includes the:

‘Section 6A approved/under consideration schools’ contains details of:

It includes the:

Read the ‘Free school presumption’ document for guidance on the process for establishing new schools.

Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice

Statutory guidance

This guidance is for:

This statutory guidance sets out what accredited ITT providers must do to comply with the law.

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