New tables will give full facts on performance


Radically reformed performance tables for colleges and school sixth-forms will provide a raft of new information so young people can make the right choices for their futures, says the Government.

The new tables will show how colleges and sixth-forms were performing across a range of indicators. This will mean the 1.6 million young people in post-16 education each year will be able to make informed choices about the qualifications and courses they take and the institutions they attend.

The ambitious new minimum standards will also mean that underperforming colleges and sixth-forms will be highlighted and held to account. Those that fail to meet the standards required will face intervention from the government.

A new measure will also show how well post-16 providers do in helping young people get a C or better in English and maths. As of this academic year, all young people who go into post-16 education without a grade C in those subjects must continue to study them until they get a C or better.

Professor Alison Wolf, whose 2011 review of vocational education paved the way for the reforms to the system, said: “I am delighted that new accountability measures recognise the varied nature of young people’s post-16 studies. They will provide detailed and meaningful information on what schools and colleges are doing, and help students to choose programmes which are good and right for them.”

David Laws said: “To build a stronger economy and a fairer society it is vital we raise standards so all our colleges and sixth-forms perform to a high level. It is high time that parents and young people were given the full picture of performance in all schools and colleges so they can make the choices that are best for them.”

The overhaul of 16 to 19 education will:

  • raise standards - the new tables will shine a light on the performance of all colleges and school sixth-forms. Those which fall below the new minimum standards - which will focus on attainment and progress of students - face intervention
  • provide clear, reliable information for young people. This will help them make well-informed choices based on the quality of courses and the performance of school sixth-forms and colleges. It will also drive further improvement through the system
  • ensure colleges and school sixth-forms help pupils who do not have GCSEs at C or better in English or maths, to achieve them
  • identify colleges who are especially strong or weak in particular areas. Results in different types of level 3 qualifications (those aimed at 16- to 19-year-olds) will be published separately - with unique columns for A levels and all academic courses (including A levels), and then 2 further columns for vocational qualifications, showing new tech levels and applied general qualifications
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