The age at which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training has increased – learners will now continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday.
Due to concern over numeracy and literacy levels, the Government now expects all post-16 learners to continue developing these skills.
Learners who have not achieved a grade C or above in GCSE Maths and/or English at Key Stage 4 must now continue working towards this during their further education or training. For most 16-18 learners, this is now a formal condition of their entitlement to public funding.
Accountability systems are being reformed to set higher expectations for providers, and to make them fairer, more ambitious and more transparent.
Accountability will be measured through revised performance tables, publishing a wider range of information on attainment and progression.
What are performance tables?
The performance tables are statistical comparison tables, produced annually by the DfE. These tables provide details about the achievements of schools and colleges in England, by looking at the pass rates and grades of their learners.
To do this, the tables use data from certain qualifications, such as GCSEs and A Levels. Not all qualifications are used for the tables, only those which the DfE has approved. Each year, the DfE publishes a list of qualifications which meet the quality needed for approval.
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Performance tables will only measure DfE-approved qualifications. The new qualifications include:
- Key Stage 4 (14-16) Technical Awards
- Key Stage 5 (16-19) Technical Certificates
- Key Stage 5 (16-19) Technical Level Qualifications
- Key Stage 5 (16-19) Applied General Qualifications
Other qualifications with section 96 approval are also available.
Find out more about our new Technical Qualifications >
It’s not just qualifications that are changing. The range of providers delivering these qualifications is also significantly expanding through the introduction of studio schools, UTCs, career colleges and academies.
The Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) was set up in January 2013 to make practical recommendations on ensuring the effective use of digital technology in learning, teaching and assessment.