IA National Data Service – March 2021 Data Update


February 2021 monthly and 12 monthly rolling average data were uploaded on the 25th of March. All affected reports were last updated on the 26th of March.

Economy & Employment

Claimant Count (Feb 2021) was last updated on the 23rd of March. All affected reports were published by the 27th of March.


Key Stage 4 Results for the academic year 2019/20 were released. This release has been uploaded as a new dataset in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, the exams were cancelled and the results were awarded by a centre assessment grade (based on what the school or college believed the student would most likely have achieved) or their calculated grade using a model developed by Ofqual – whichever was the higher of the two. The attainment statistics have increased as a result of this awarding method – more than would be expected in a typical year – between the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years. This reflects the change to the way GCSE grades were awarded rather than improvements in pupil performance. As a result, the 2019/20 data should not be directly compared to attainment data from previous years to measure changes in student performance. For these specific reasons, the measures for Key Stage 4 in 2018/19 e the same measures for 2019/20 are now two separate datasets. Please note that Progress 8 indicators are not available in 2019/20. These measures are calculated by a model that is based on national averages. Considering the awarding method, the estimated model would not measure the progress made by a pupil in a meaningful or accurate manner.

For additional information, please consult the website:

Key stage 4 performance, Academic Year 2019/20 – Explore education statistics – GOV.UK (explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk)