Young People: Disclosure of Information

Department for Education written question – answered on 13th December 2016.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it her policy to make anonymised ward level data on post-16 student work, education and training destinations, as reported by local authorities to the National Client Information System, open data and available through the data.gov.uk website.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

The Department is currently exploring ways to utilise the data it collects on education, training and employment outcomes further, with a view to publishing more comprehensive data on educational outcomes in the future. However, there are currently no plans to publish NCCIS data from local authorities at ward level.

The Department applies data suppression and rounding protocols when publishing data to ensure that individuals cannot be identified. This means that estimates produced for very small sub-groups within the population, such as 16 and 17 year olds in each of more than 7,000 wards in England, are unlikely to lead to meaningful results for comparison between wards or within wards over time.

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