Reporting Year 2020

Education and training statistics for the UK

Data guidance

Published

Description

This document describes the data included in the “Education and training statistics for the UK - 2020” National Statistics releases underlying data files.

The methodology document for this release should be referenced alongside this release. It provides information and further links for information on data sources, their coverage and quality and how the data is produced.

Coverage

This release compiles information on education systems across the United Kingdom. There is data on:

  • State-funded and independent school numbers - by school type
  • Pupil numbers in state-funded and independent schools - by age, gender and school type
  • Teacher numbers in state-funded and independent schools - by gender and school type
  • Pupil-teacher ratios in state-funded schools - by school type
  • Attendance in education settings between 23rd March and 26th June 2020
  • Higher and further education institutions numbers
  • Higher and further education staff numbers - by gender
  • Higher education student numbers - by gender, subject grouping, level of education, mode of study and domicile
  • Further education student numbers - by gender, age and mode of study
  • The percentage of young adults (aged 16-24) not in education or employment
  • Headline qualification measures for students leaving secondary education, typically at ages 16-18 - by gender
  • Qualification measures by subject - by gender
  • Qualification levels of the adult population (aged 19-64) - by gender and age group
  • Education expenditure

File formats and conventions

Rounding

Most figures in this publication are provided unrounded.

Conventions

The following convention is used throughout the underlying data.

‘c’ suppressed (either value under 5 or data suppressed to prevent the identification of values under 5)

‘z’ not applicable

‘:’ not available

Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.

Attendance in education settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Filename
uk_school_attendance_23032020_to_26062020.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020 Week 13 to 2020 Week 26
Content

This file contains information on the attendance in education settings during the coronavirus outbreak, between 23rd March and 26th June 2020.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
dateDate
pt_children_attendingPercentage of children attending education settings during the COVID-19 outbreak between March and June 2020
pt_settings_openPercentage of education settings that were open during the COVID-19 outbreak between March and June 2020
Footnotes
  1. The data for each part of the UK is taken directly from their respective published information, and the methodologies and coverage for each will differ significantly. Therefore, direct comparisons between numbers should not be made.

Expenditure

Filename
uk_expenditure.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2015-16 to 2019-20
Content

This file contains information on government expenditure in education in the UK

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
education_functionEducation function
expenditure_levelExpenditure level
expenditure_typeExpenditure type
t_expenditureTotal expenditure (millions)

Further education students

Filename
uk_post_compulsory_education_fe_students.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2015/16 to 2018/19
Content

This file contains information on the number of further education students in the UK, by gender, age and mode of study.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
ageAge
genderGender
mode_of_studyMode of study
t_studentsNumber of FE students

Higher and further education institutions

Filename
uk_post_compulsory_education_institutions.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2015/16 to 2018/19
Content

This file contains information on the number of higher and further education institutions in the UK.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
provider_typeProvider type
t_institutionsNumber of institutions

Higher and further education staff

Filename
uk_post_compulsory_education_staff.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2015/16 to 2018/19
Content

This file contains information on the number of staff in higher and further education institutions.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
genderGender
provider_typeProvider type
t_fte_staffFull-time equivalent staff

Higher education students

Filename
uk_post_compulsory_education_he_students.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2016/17 to 2018/19
Content

This file contains information on the number of higher education students, broken down by gender, level of education, mode of study, subject group and domicile.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
domicileDomicile
genderGender
levelLevel of education
mode_of_studyMode of study
subjectSubject group
t_studentsNumber of HE students

Highest qualification among 19-64 year olds

Filename
uk_highest_qualifications.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2019
Content

This file contains information on the highest qualification of adults (aged 19-64) in the United Kingdom.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
ageAge
genderGender
pt_hiqual_nqf2Percentage of population with their highest qualification as NQF level 2 or above
pt_hiqual_nqf3Percentage of population with their highest qualification as NQF level 3 or above
pt_hiqual_nqf4Percentage of population with their highest qualification as NQF level 4 or above
pt_hiqual_scqf5Percentage of population with their highest qualification as SCQF level 5 or above
pt_hiqual_scqf6Percentage of population with their highest qualification as SCQF level 6 or above
pt_hiqual_scqf7Percentage of population with their highest qualification as SCQF level 7 or above
t_age_1964Total 19-64 year olds in the population (thousands)

NEET

Filename
uk_neet.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2001 to 2020
Content

This file contains information in the number and percentage of young adults (aged 16-24) who are not in education or employment

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
ageAge
genderGender
pt_neetPeople who were NEET as a percentage of people in relevant population group
quarterQuarter
t_economically_inactiveTotal economically inactive
t_neetTotal NEET
t_populationTotal people in relevant population group
t_unemployedTotal unemployed

Pupil numbers

Filename
uk_pupils.csv
Geographic levels
National; Regional
Time period
2015/16 to 2019/20
Content

This file contains information on the number of pupils in the United Kingdom, broken down by age, gender and school type.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
ageAge
genderGender
phaseSchool type
t_pupilsNumber of pupils
Footnotes
  1. In England, special schools include pupil referral units.
  2. In Scotland, figures include all providers of funded Early Learning and childcare, not only nurseries.
  3. Primary and secondary figures include middle schools as deemed. Secondary schools include all-through schools.

Pupil teacher ratios

Filename
uk_pupil_teacher_ratios.csv
Geographic levels
National; Regional
Time period
2015/16 to 2019/20
Content

This file contains information in the pupil teacher ratios in schools in the United Kingdom.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
phaseSchool type
pupil_teacher_ratioPupil-teacher ratio
Footnotes
  1. In England, the primary pupil-teacher ratio includes LA maintained nurseries.
  2. In England, special schools include pupil referral units.
  3. Primary and secondary figures include middle schools as deemed. Secondary schools include all-through schools.

Qualifications - headline measures

Filename
uk_qualifications_headline_measures.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19
Content

This file contains information on the headline qualification measures used by each country in the United Kingdom for students leaving education (typically between ages 16-18).

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
avg_att8Average Attainment 8 score of all pupils
avg_ebaccapsAverage EBacc APS score per pupil
avg_p8scoreAverage Progress 8 score of all pupils
avg_widerpsAverage wider points score for pupils aged 17
capped9_psCapped 9 point score
genderGender
levelLevel of education
literacy_psLiteracy point score
numeracy_psNumeracy point score
p8score_CI_lowProgress 8 lower 95% confidence interval
p8score_CI_uppProgress 8 upper 95% confidence interval
pt_1plus_alevel_astarePercentage achieving 1 or more A-levels at grades A*-E
pt_2alevelPercentage of pupils achieving at least 2 A levels
pt_2alevels_astarePercentage of pupils entering at least 2 A levels and achieving 2 A*-E grades at A level
pt_2l3Percentage of pupils achieving at least 2 substantial level 3 qualifications
pt_2plus_alevels_astarcPercentage achieving 2 or more A-levels at grades A*-C
pt_2plus_alevels_astarePercentage achieving 2 or more A-levels at grades A*-E
pt_3alevel_aabPercentage of students achieving grades AAB or better at A level
pt_3alevel_astaraPercentage of students achieving 3 A*-A grades or better at A level
pt_3alevels_astaraPercentage of pupils entering at least 2 A levels and achieving 3 A*-A grades at A level
pt_3alevels_astarcPercentage of pupils entering at least 2 A levels and achieving 3 A*-C grades at A level
pt_3plus_alevels_astarcPercentage achieving 3 or more A-levels at grades A*-C
pt_3plus_alevels_astarePercentage achieving 3 or more A-levels at grades A*-E
pt_5gcse_astaraPercentage of pupils in year 11 who achieved 5 A*-A GCSEs or equivalent
pt_5gcse_astarcPercentage of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C
pt_5gcse_astarc_emPercentage achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English and Maths)
pt_5gcse_astargPercentage of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*-G
pt_5gcse_astarg_emPercentage achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*-G (including English and Maths)
pt_7gcse_astarcPercentage of pupils achieving 7 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C
pt_7gcse_astarc_emPercentage achieving 7 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English and Maths)
pt_ebacc_94Percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate (grades 4 or above in English and maths, A*-C in unreformed subjects)
pt_ebacc_95Percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate (grades 5 or above in English and maths, A*-C in unreformed subjects)
pt_ebacc_e_ptq_eePercentage of pupils entering the English Baccalaureate
pt_entbasicsPercentage of pupils entering English and mathematics GCSEs
pt_l2basics_94Percentage of pupils achieving grades 4 or above in English and mathematics GCSEs
pt_l2basics_95Percentage of pupils achieving grades 5 or above in English and mathematics GCSEs
pt_level1Percentage of pupils in year 11 who achieved the Level 1 threshold (5 GCSEs or equivalent at grade A*-G)
pt_level2_inclusivePercentage of pupils in year 11 who achieved the Level 2 inclusive threshold (5 GCSEs or equivalent at grade A*-C including English/Welsh and Maths)
pt_scqf4Percentage of school leavers attaining 1 or more qualifications at SCQF level 4 or better
pt_scqf5Percentage of school leavers attaining 1 or more qualifications at SCQF level 5 or better
pt_scqf6Percentage of school leavers attaining 1 or more qualifications at SCQF level 6 or better
pt_skillscc_advPercentage of pupils who achieved the skills challenge certificate at advanced level
pt_wb_advPercentage of pupils who achieved the welsh baccalaureate at advanced level
science_psScience point score
skillscc_psSkills challenge certificate point score
t_2alevels_eTotal pupils aged 17 who entered a volume of qualifications equivalent to 2 A levels
t_inp8calcTotal number of pupils included in Progress 8 measure
t_leaversTotal number of school leavers
t_pupilsTotal number of pupils at the end of key stage 4
t_pupils_1alevelTotal number of pupils entered for one or more A level or applied A level
t_pupils_aged17Total number of pupils aged 17
t_pupils_alevelTotal number of A level pupils
t_pupils_l3Total number of level 3 pupils
t_pupils_year11Total number of pupils in year 11
t_pupils_year12Total number of year 12 pupils eligible for GCSE (including equivalent) examinations
t_pupils_year14Total number of year 14 pupils eligible for A-level (or equivalent) examinations
Footnotes
  1. Progress 8 measures are only calculated for state-funded schools.

Qualifications by subject

Filename
uk_qualifications_subjects.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2018/19
Content

This file contains information on the numbers and percentages of pupils receiving qualifications in the United Kingdom, by subject.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
genderGender
levelLevel of education
pt_achieving_9_5Percentage of entries achieving 9-5
pt_achieving_aPercentage of entries achieving A
pt_achieving_astarPercentage of entries achieving A*
pt_achieving_astarcPercentage of entries achieving A*-C
pt_achieving_astarc/9_4Percentage of entries achieving A*-C/9-4
pt_achieving_astarePercentage of entries achieving A*-E
pt_achieving_astargPercentage of entries achieving A*-G
pt_achieving_astarg/9_1Percentage of entries achieving A*-G/9-1
pt_achieving_bPercentage of entries achieving B
pt_achieving_cPercentage of entries achieving C
pt_achieving_dPercentage of entries achieving D
pt_achieving_dePercentage achieving D-E
pt_achieving_ePercentage of entries achieving E
pt_achieving_fPercentage of entries achieving F
pt_achieving_gPercentage of entries achieving G
pt_all_entriesPercentage of all entries
pt_leavers_scqf3abovePercentage of all leavers with attainment at SCQF level 3 or better
pt_leavers_scqf4abovePercentage of all leavers with attainment at SCQF level 4 or better
pt_leavers_scqf5abovePercentage of all leavers with attainment at SCQF level 5 or better
pt_leavers_scqf6abovePercentage of all leavers with attainment at SCQF level 6 or better
pt_leavers_scqf7Percentage of all leavers with attainment at SCQF level 7
pt_otherPercentage achieving a different grade
pt_ungradedPercentage of entries ungraded
subjectSubject
t_achieving_9_5Total number achieving 9-5
t_achieving_astarc/9_4Total number achieving A*-C/9-4
t_achieving_astarg/9_1Total number achieving A*-G/9-1
t_entriesTotal number of entries
t_leaversTotal number of school leavers
t_leavers_scqf3_7Number of leavers with attainment at SCQF Level 3-7

School numbers

Filename
uk_schools.csv
Geographic levels
National; Regional
Time period
2015/16 to 2019/20
Content

This file contains information on the number of schools in the United Kingdom, broken down by school type.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
phaseSchool type
t_schoolsNumber of schools
Footnotes
  1. In Northern Ireland, total figures include hospital schools.
  2. In England, special schools include pupil referral units.
  3. In Scotland, figures include all providers of funded Early Learning and childcare, not only nurseries.
  4. Primary and secondary figures include middle schools as deemed. Secondary schools include all-through schools.

Teacher numbers

Filename
uk_teachers.csv
Geographic levels
National; Regional
Time period
2015/16 to 2019/20
Content

This file contains information on the number of teachers in the United Kingdom, broken down by gender and school type.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
genderGender
phaseSchool type
t_fte_teachersFull-time equivalent number of teachers
Footnotes
  1. In England and Scotland, total teachers includes centrally employed teachers.
  2. In England, special schools include pupil referral units.
  3. In Scotland, figures include all providers of funded Early Learning and childcare, not only nurseries.
  4. Primary and secondary figures include middle schools as deemed. Secondary schools include all-through schools.