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Consistent Post-16 performance measures

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We are working to develop a set of consistent measures for further education institutions and sixth forms to enable us to publish headline and provider level information on an annual basis.

Current arrangements for measuring performance in sixth forms and in further education/work-based learning are entirely separate. They are derived from different data systems, which means we are unable to measure outcomes in a meaningful way across learning settings, and that learners and parents do not have access to transparent information to inform their choices.

This inconsistency has been identified as a weakness in various reviews of education in Wales, such as the Robert Hill review, and the Review of Qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds.

In order for the learner to be able to consider their options more fully as they complete their pre-16 education and to give them a complete picture of performance, we are proposing that the set of post-16 performance measures should include:

  • Achievement (what proportion of learners who started their course completed it and what proportion of completed courses resulted in the learner achieving the qualification they were aiming for?)
  • Value added (what progress a learner makes relative to that of ‘similar’ learners) 
  • Destination (what a learner moves on to do after completing their learning).

More information will be published on each of the proposed measures as they become available, but in the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, please contact post16quality@wales.gsi.gov.uk