Education policy

One of our goals is that statistical literacy should be recognised as a vital life skill. One way to achieve this is through influencing the policy agenda on education. This page contains policy reports, consultation responses and other contributions from us on education policy.

Discussion of UK education policy takes place through the Education Policy Advisory Group (EPAG) on a voluntary basis, assisted by the Policy and Research Manager and the Head of Education and Statistical Literacy.

RESPONSE: ‘Focus on the data economy’ (PDF) to BEIS’ consultation on Industrial Strategy Green Paper
Sent: 11 April 2017

RESPONSE: to the British Academy’s consultation on Skills in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences [PDF]
Sent: 15 March 2017

RESPONSE: to the Scottish Government consultation on STEM education and training strategy (PDF)
Appendix Table [XLS]
Sent: 31 January 2017

EVIDENCE: to the Science and Technology Select Committee’s Inquiry on STEM skills gaps
Published: 19th January 2017

LETTER: from Peter Diggle to Justine Greening MP, copied to Nick Gibb MP
Sent: 21st October 2016
Response from Nick Gibb MP
Received: 16th November 2016

RESPONSE: regarding Pearson’s decision to develop new AS and A-levels in Statistics (PDF) produced in partnership with the British Academy, Academy of Social Sciences, Nuffield Foundation and Nesta
Sent: 5 December 2016

STATEMENT: regarding AQA's decision not to redevelop Statistics A and AS level (PDF) produced in partnership with the British Academy, Academy of Social Sciences, Nuffield Foundation and Nesta
Sent: 26 October 2016

RESPONSE: to the Education and Training Foundation consultation on version 1.0 of Functional Skills maths subject content (PDF)
Sent: 7 September 2016

RESPONSE: to questions from the Independent Review of post-16 mathematics led by Professor Sir Adrian Smith (PDF)
Sent: 14 July 2016

RESPONSE: to Ofqual on setting the grade standards of new GCSEs in England (PDF)
Sent: 17 June 2016

RESPONSE: to Ofqual on setting GCSE, AS and A level grade boundaries (PDF)
Sent: 8 June 2016

RESPONSE: to Ofqual on GCSE Statistics: Conditions and guidance (PDF)
Sent: 4 March 2016

RESPONSE: to the House of Commons Education Committee inquiry on the purpose and quality of education in England (PDF)
Published: 4 February 2016

RESPONSE: to Ofqual on Regulating Use of Calculators in New GCSEs, AS and A Levels (PDF)
Sent: 11 January 2016

RESPONSE: to the Department for Education regarding draft content of GCSE, AS and A Level Statistics qualifications for England (PDF)
Sent: 5 November 2015

RESPONSE: to Ofqual regarding the design and assessment of GCSE, AS and A Level Statistics qualifications for England (PDF)
Sent: 5 November 2015

RESPONSE: to the Department for Education consultation on reformed subject content for teaching from September 2017 (PDF)
Sent: 7 September 2015

REPORT: Embedding Statistics at A level: a report on statistical requirements and assessment across A level courses in Biology, Business, Chemistry, Geography, Psychology and Sociology (PDF), produced in partnership with the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education.
There is also a StatsLife summary of the report and a write-up of the report launch.
Published: 14 July 2015

RESPONSE: to the government review ‘making maths and English work for all’ (PDF)
Sent: 24 February 2015

RESPONSE: to the Department for Education on developing England’s teaching profession to a world class standard (PDF)
Sent: 3 February 2015

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to the Department for Education on reformed subject content in England: mathematics and further mathematics (PDF)
View the response as submitted in DfE’s consultation form here (PDF)
Sent: 22 September 2014

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: The RSS response to Ofqual on completing GCSE, AS and A Level Reform in England (PDF)
Sent: 30 July 2014

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to Ofqual’s consultation on setting the grade standards of new GCSEs in England (PDF)
Sent: 30 June 2014

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to the Department for Education’s consultation on core maths technical guidance (PDF)
Sent: 23 May 2014

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to the DfE policy statement on 16 to 18 core mathematics qualifications in England (PDF)
Sent: 25 February 2014

REPORT: A world full of data: Statistics opportunities across A-level subjects (PDF)
Roger Porkess
Published: 11 September 2013

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to DfE consultation on reformed GCSE subject content (PDF)
Sent: 20 August 2013

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to DfE national curriculum review: New programmes of study and attainment targets from September 2014 (PDF)
Sent: 8 August 2013

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to DfE consultation on secondary schools accountability (PDF)
Sent: 1 May 2013

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: regarding the public consultation on the draft national curriculum for England (PDF)
Accompanying letter (PDF)
Sent: 16 April 2013

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: Reforming Key Stage 4 qualifications (PDF)
Accompanying letter (PDF)
Sent: 10 December 2012