Higher Education: Standards

Department for Education written question – answered on 8th March 2017.

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Photo of Wes Streeting Wes Streeting Labour, Ilford North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which data sets will be used to assess the performance of higher education institutions in the proposed Teaching Excellence Framework.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) will assess providers on a wide range of evidence, including core metrics, contextual information and additional information that is submitted by the provider. A peer review panel will use this evidence to form a holistic judgement as to the quality of teaching at each provider.

The data sets used for the core metrics in Year Two of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) are:

  • the teaching on course, assessment and feedback and academic support scales from the National Student Survey (NSS).
  • retention using Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) UK Performance Indicators and the Individual Learner Record (ILR).
  • proportion in employment or in further study using Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.
  • proportion in highly skilled employment or in further study using Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Full details are set out in the TEF Year Two Specification:


Moving beyond year 2, we will ensure the TEF assessment process benefits from new developments in the evidence available to us on teaching quality and student outcomes. One of the most important of these will use the Longitudinal Educational Outcomes data (LEO) set in conjunction with DLHE to provide a highly skilled employment measure.

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