Is it just me or has anyone noticed anything odd in the 16-18 performance tables?
At the bottom of each school's table, there's information about Key Stage 5 attainment. Under Academic Attainment, there’s a heading giving the “% of vocational students achieving at least 2 substantial vocational qualifications.” The same heading appears under Vocational Attainment.
You’d expect the figures to be the same but they aren’t.
For example, the data for JCB Academy
shows 24% of vocational students achieving at least 2 substantial vocational qualifications. Further down the page, however, 91% of vocational students achieved at least 2.
So what could explain the discrepancy?
I confess. I have no idea.
If you click on the question mark next to each heading you’ll get an explanation. The first description of “vocational students” describes them as “academic students” getting A levels, IB and other non-vocational exams. The second description of “vocational students” describes them as you would expect: “vocational students” gaining vocational qualifications.
So, in the first explanation, vocational means academic and vocational exams are non-vocational ones. In the second explanation, vocational means vocational and the vocational qualifications are non-academic ones.
Confused? So am I. Again
29 January 2014. The DfE corrected the heading shortly after this thread appeared. It appears it was a simple typo: "vocational" has now been changed to "academic".
Note: this is a longer version of a comment I posted on Henry Stewart's thread
about Equivalents, Ebaccs and Distorted Data