DfE cancels achievement rates publication in 2021 for all providers

The government will not publish provider-level achievement rates for the current academic year due to the coronavirus crisis.

However, the Department for Education will “still consider” publishing the national data.

The achievement rates in question are for 2019/20 – where learners are due to pass between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020 – and would have been published in March 2021.

In an update released today, the DfE said: “We will not publish any institution-level qualification achievement rates in the national achievement rate tables for the 2019 to 2020 academic year in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“The performance tables that were due to be released in October and December 2020, and in January and March 2021, will not go ahead.

“The department will still consider publishing national data for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.”

It follows the DfE’s decision to not hold schools and colleges to account on the basis of exams and assessment data from summer 2020.

Last month the government announced the cancellation of this summer’s exams series.

On April 3, Ofqual revealed that teacher calculations will be used to grade GCSE and A-level students who were due to sit their exams over the coming months (you can read our explainer here).

And last week, Ofqual confirmed the same method would be used for grading the majority of BTEC and other vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs), including functional skills.

However, the exams regulator is undertaking further work to identify those VTQs where this approach is not appropriate, with further details expected to be released after the Easter break.