Paul (ESFA)

2020-2021 QARs updated with R11 data and fixes


Thank you for posts to date providing feedback on the in-year R10 dashboard and for your patience whilst we’ve worked through applying fixes and improvements. We have now shared a new version of the dashboard based on R11 data in View your education data. The revised dashboard addresses the initial labelling error identified on the Apprenticeship tab within the in-year R10 dashboard but also includes the following changes:

  • Providers may notice fewer records showing within the Education and Training QAR due to applying an updated list from Ofqual’s Summer 2021 Qualification Explainer Tool. As previously confirmed, recognising the ongoing impact of the pandemic those qualifications confirmed as subject to normal assessment (category A) will be included in institution level QARs and shared with Ofsted and providers. Those qualifications confirmed as teacher assessed (category B1) and those which may be subject to a teacher assessed grade if they cannot safely access an assessment (category B2 and Access to HE courses regulated by QAA) will not be included in institution level QARs or shared with Ofsted or providers for 2020 to 2021. The tool confirms which categories apply for normal assessment/teacher assessed grades. The spreadsheet within Ofqual’s Summer 2021 Qualification Explainer Tool confirms which categories apply for normal assessment/teacher assessed grades. For the update applied to the in-year R11 release, this has identified a further 100 aims have now moved from normal assessment (category A) to teacher assessed (category B1) and are therefore out of scope for QARs. Within the QAR calculations, this is applied at qualification level not at individual learner/aim level.
  • Historically, for the in-year QAR calculations, we treat the latest available ILR data as if it is an end of year dataset. Following feedback, we will now bring through all the data you have returned to us into the QAR matching logic applying 31 July 2021 as the end of year date. We will review this further for the in-year calculations for 2021 to 2022.
  • There was an error in the in-year R10 data resulting in withdrawals for standards being marked up with the incorrect hybrid end year. As a result of the fix, there may be fewer records displayed as these records will now be correctly assigned to the hybrid end year of 2019 and therefore no longer appear in their 2020 to 2021 QARs.
  • To calculate the QAR dataset, we match aims from the 5 years’ ILR standard files and discard records of previous years’ aims. Further detail is set out in the technical specifications available Qualification achievement rates (QAR) 2020 to 2021 - GOV.UK ( At this point in the year, utilising in-year R11, we have identified it is bringing in records from 2015/16. They are not part of matching for 2020 to 2021 so will appear as ‘orphaned duplicates’ in the R11 data. These will be discarded once the QAR dataset is calculated at R14. We are reviewing this for 2021 to 2022.

There will be a further in-year update to the data extracts and dashboards by the end of August following R12 data. We are keen to ensure that the QAR dashboard meets your requirements, so please continue to leave feedback by clicking on the ‘Feedback’ button, which is at the top left of each tab in the dashboard. If you have any queries in relation to QARs, please contact us via our online enquiry form, select the QAR query type, and ask us to assign your query to ‘ESFA Business Operations QAR’.  Where the enquiry relates to specific learner queries, please also complete and submit the data query form which can be downloaded from GOV.UK.


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