The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) is exploring the value of data and statistics in relation to post-16 education and skills, specifically those about further education and apprenticeships, higher education, and skills and lifelong learning.

Good quality and accessible information in these areas is important to support the most fair, efficient and effective provision of education and training to meet the needs of both individuals and employers.

In April 2019, we published our paper “Exploring the public value of statistics about post-16 education and skills in England” in which we identified many areas where statistics and data services are being developed to meet a diverse range of user needs.

Our review initially focussed on England. However, we are now exploring this topic in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland so we can understand the extent to which data and statistics meet user needs across the whole of the UK. This will include assessing whether they are useful, easy to access, relevant and support public understanding of important issues.

Capturing the views of users and potential users is an important part of our review. If you would like to contribute to our work by sharing your thoughts and experiences of post-16 education and skills statistics in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, please get in touch.

Contact: Louisa McCutcheon

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