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Dear Department for Education,

Thank you for responding to FOI 2020 0068157. When I try to download the file, I receive a response telling that "The file is corrupt and cannot be opened." Could you please send me a file that can be opened in Excel.

Yours faithfully,

Graham Smith

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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Dear  Graham Smith 


Thank you for your recent enquiry which was received on 22 December.


A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the
departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should
be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated
reference number 2020-0071356. 


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Hi Graham, I have checked the attached files and hopefully you are able to open this in Excel.

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OVADIA, Gideon, Department for Education

Hi Graham, sorry I forgot to mention your first point about minor
ethnicity codes I think ‘minor ethnicity’ is being displayed under
'characteristic_Ethnic_minor' column in the spreadsheet.



Regards, Gideon



From: ACCOUNT, Unmonitored <[email address]>
Sent: 18 January 2021 15:10
To: Graham Smith <[email address]>
Subject: Re: Progress 8 scores CRM:0964226


Dear Graham,
Re: Progress 8 scores
Thank you for your email received on 11^th January 2021, reference number:
2021-0003981. Your request was as follows:
“Dear Department for Education,

Thank you for  responding to this request:
"2019_KS4_Revised_Local_authority_characteristics_data currently contains
only five broad ethnic categories: White, Black, Asian, Mixed and
Chinese.  Could you please supply me with a version that includes the
major and minor ethnicity codes used in the School Census."

The file that I have been able to download does not include the Progress 8
data that is in 2019_KS4_Revised_Local_authority_characteristics_data
currently contains only five broad ethnic categories: White, Black, Asian,
Mixed and Chinese.  Could you supply me with a version that does include
Progress 8 scores?

Yours faithfully,

Graham Smith “
I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Secretary of State announced that the Progress 8 measure is not being
published in 2020.

The Department has decided not to include statistics on the Progress 8
measure in this release. The main value of the Progress 8 measure is to
compare school performance and school level data is not being published
this year. 

The Department has decided it is not appropriate to publish Progress 8
measures because they are normally calculated by comparing a pupil’s
actual results to a set of expected results produced by a model based on
national averages. The difference between the estimated results and the
actual results is described as pupils making more or less progress than
expected. However, in 2020 the vast majority of grades awarded were those
submitted by schools and colleges. The difference between a result
submitted by the centre and a result estimated by a model would have very
little meaning. It would not be appropriate to consider such a difference
as a measure of the progress made by a pupil.
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Yours Sincerely,


Gideon Ovadia | Executive Officer,
Correspondence team | Data Insight & Statistics | Data Directorate |
Operations Group
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