The Department for Education has confirmed plans to introduce a single DfE-led data collection of the FE workforce from the 2020/21 academic year. This will be mandatory from the 2021/22 academic year. The new collection will replace the Staff Individualised Record (SIR) collection administered by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will undertake the new collection. We understand that this collection will sit alongside and complement the other collections that the ESFA is responsible for, such as submissions of learner data.
During the seven years the ETF has been responsible for the SIR data collection, its scope has widened to include independent training providers, local authorities and third sector providers. In the last year for which data was published – 2017-18 – it was based on over 90,000 individual records. The amount and quality of the information the SIR collection has provided about the size and characteristics of the workforce has provided a solid base for decision making.
The ETF will work closely with the ESFA as it assumes responsibility for collecting workforce data for the sector to assist a smooth transition. The commitment to make data submissions for the new collection mandatory is a positive step with which we agree. We look forward to seeing the new collection continuing to deliver data that maintains our understanding of the FE workforce and helping to ensure that investment in professional development and recruitment is a success.
Full details of the changes proposed by the DfE and the consultation with the FE sector undertaken last year, on which the plans are based, can be found here.
If you have any queries about the new ESFA data collection, please email: Ian.Tress@education.gov.uk.
You will receive no further requests for SIR submissions but it is likely that the SIR website will stay open until the start of the next academic year so that you can still access your management dashboards. Benchmark data from the 2018-19 submission has already been published on the system and the annual report based on the 2018-19 submission will be published in the Spring.
Thank you for all your support for the SIR data collection over the years and for providing us with useful data that has helped the DfE and the ETF to understand the FE and Training sector workforce better.