Children, Education and Skills

Last updated on Thursday 25 March 2021

Our Children, Education and Skills domain oversees the regulation of data and statistics concerning all stages of education from early years to university and beyond, including statistics on teachers and lecturers, learners, and looked after children.

Education and training, from providing the best start for young people to equipping the workforce, has a profound impact on the society, business and the economy of the countries of the UK. High quality statistics and data to support effective decision making and evaluate policy implementation are crucial.

Our priorities reflect areas of public interest, both in terms of the use of statistics and where there have been recent policy changes.

As a result of COVID-19 and the concerns around the models used to award grades across the four nations this year, we undertook a Review into the approach taken to developing statistical models designed for awarding 2020 exam results. We published our report on March 2 2021. We are working with others communicate our findings and ensure that our recommendations are implemented.

We have carried out rapid reviews of attendance at educational settings statistics during the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring that education statistics are of high quality and continue to meet users’ needs. We are also continuing our review of Children and Young People statistics and undertaking a compliance check of the Higher Education Statistics Agency’s new Graduate Outcomes Survey.

We advocate the use of new technologies by producers, such as the Department for Education’s move to the Explore Education Statistics platform and continue to work on the user impact of data access through the Secure Research Service. We will further consider what society’s key questions are in this area and support producers in answering them.

Contact our regulators for this domain Emily Carless, Nisha Bunting and  Michelle Alderson, for more information.

Planned Work

ProjectGeographyProject typeTimescale
Children and Young People Statistics ReviewUKSystemic ReviewApril 2020 – Spring 2021
Graduate Outcomes (Higher Education Statistics Agency)UKCompliance CheckJanuary - March 2021
Public Value of Post-16 Education and Skills Statistics: Phase 2UKSystemic ReviewApril 2019 – Spring 2021

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