We are currently assessing the extent to which the following statistics produced by the Department for Education meet the professional standards set out in the statutory Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
- Schools, pupils and their characteristics
- Special educational needs in England
- Statements of SEN and EHC plans: England
- Pupil absence in schools in England (Autumn term, Combined Spring and Autumn term and Full year releases)
- Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England
The Code of Practice covers a wide range of issues such as the quality of the statistics, their accessibility and the way that the producer body engages with users of the statistics. Capturing the views of users, and potential users, forms an important part of our judgment about the statistics, including how they could be improved. Feedback can be in any form, but it would be particularly helpful to us if you could structure your response around the following areas:
- Which of these statistics do you use, and for what purposes? Please be as specific as possible. For example, if you use the statistics to provide briefing and further analysis to others, it would be helpful to know what the end use is.
- Are the statistics of sufficient quality for your needs? How clear is the advice from the Department for Education about the strengths and limitations of the statistics? What further information would you like?
- Is the statistical commentary helpful to you? How could it be improved?
- How do you usually access the latest statistics, for example from the Department for Education’s website, through the media etc? How could access be improved?
- If you have requested additional data or raised queries with the Department for Education about these statistics, or if the statisticians have sought your views about any aspect of the statistics, please tell us how well the Department for Education engaged with you.
- We welcome comments on any other aspect of these statistics which you think might be relevant to our assessment. For example, if you responded to the previous assessment in 2010, please tell us whether you feel that the points you raised have been addressed.
- We may want to contact you to discuss your views. Please indicate whether you are happy for us to do so, and provide contact details.
You may send your response via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you would prefer to speak to a member of the assessment team, please contact Siobhan Tuohy-Smith (01633 455986) or Pat MacLeod (020 7592 8657).
Alternatively, our postal address is:
Monitoring & Assessment Team
Statistics House, Cardiff Road
Newport, NP10 8XG
We look forward to receiving your comments by 20 March 2016.