Measuring two-year retention post-16: what does it show? | Dave Thomson

Each year, the government of the day publishes performance indicators about schools and colleges. While ostensibly they provide the public (and particularly parents) with information, and so inform choice, they are also a lever to encourage the system to function in the way the government wants.

Indicators come and go as governments change. Plans for the year ahead, including details of any new indicators, are published in the annual performance tables statement of intent [PDF].

Of interest to us this year is a new indicator that will be published in the post-16 tables: a measure of the…

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