Further Education and Skills
Post-16 Education & Skills: Learner Participation, Outcomes and Level of Highest Qualification Held
Last Published: 28th June 2012
Available at: http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/statistics/statisticalfirstrelease/
Next Release: 11 October 2012
This is a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Statistical First Release (SFR), published by the Data Service. It shows information on learner participation and achievement for post-16 education from 2005/06 to 2010/11, as well as provisional data for the first nine months of the 2011/12 academic year. It includes information from the Labour Force Survey on the level of highest qualification held in England, and information on vocational qualifications awarded in the United Kingdom
The Data Service also holds an archive of previous editions of the Post-16 Education and Skills release.
An external review of the format, content and timing of post-16 learning SFRs was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers in September 2007. More information on the SFR Review can be found on the Data Service website (link above). A key recommendation of the review was to move to publishing an SFR once every quarter, covering the range of government-funded learning.
Having been through an annual cycle of quarterly publications, we have conducted a small review of the timing and presentation of the Release. This is to ensure that the timing of the SFR is best aligned with when further education data becomes available, and to ensure that the presentation of statistics is relevant to any new policies introduced.
A summary of the key findings of the review can be found on the Data Service website. If you would like any further information on this SFR, please contact Jessie Evans at email@example.com.
The Department for Education (DfE) also has responsibility for post-16 education in England. For DfE research and statistics please visit their website at http://www.education.gov.uk/researchandstatistics/statistics