Social Mobility Report reveals ‘stark’ postcode lottery

HEAT members may be aware that the Social Mobility Commission has recently published its fifth annual State of the Nation 2017 Report. It suggests that a ‘stark’ social mobility postcode lottery exists in Britain today in which life success has a definite geographical basis. Members may also be aware that, shortly after publication, the whole board of the Social Mobility Commission (both Tory and Labour) resigned in protest at an alleged lack of engagement on this issue by the present administration, suggesting the Government did not have the ‘bandwidth’ to cope with anything other than Brexit. Ironically, the resignation of […]

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Update for HEAT Activity Coverage by Institution dataset

We have recently updated the HEAT Activity Coverage by Institution dataset. Entitled Activity Coverage by Institution 13022017, this spreadsheet can be found in the Datasets > Activity Coverage by Institution > 2016-17 Activity Coverage folder in the HEAT JiscMail Files Area. This institution-based dataset shows, for each college/school where the activity student total is 1 or more: How many HEAT organisations have delivered an activity How many activities have been delivered How many outreach activities have been delivered This dataset can help with targeting/planning and assist with the identification of cold spots. Any questions on this dataset should be directed to data@heat.ac.uk.

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HEAT releases latest aggregate planning datasets

We have now uploaded aggregate planning datasets into the HEAT JiscMail Files Area. These datasets provide a summary count by geographic region of all the information contained in the school and FE planning datasets. They can be found in the Datasets > Planning_Datasets > 2016_Planning directory and are named as follows: 2ndary planning with Local Authority Aggregate 05102017   FE6Form Planning2016 Aggregate Planning Dataset 05102017

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Discrepancies between HEAT Postcode Profiler and HEFCE Postcode Look-up now resolved

The HEAT Service Team has been asked about a discrepancy between HEFCE’s postcode look-up zip file found at the bottom of their Gaps in young participation in higher education webpage and HEAT’s own postcode profiler. The issue related to the fact that HEFCE’s postcode file maps the NCOP wards to 2014 boundaries and postcodes contained within; whilst HEAT maps the NCOP wards straight to postcodes. After liaising with HEFCE on this issue, HEAT’s profiler now includes all HEFCE’s original postcodes plus any new postcodes that fall within NCOP target ward boundaries. HEAT’s postcode file is taken from the Office for […]

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2015/16 school performance data

Institutions on the HEAT database now show 2015/16 KS4 and KS5 school performance data. These figures correlate with the planning datasets and the KS4 school performance datasets now available in the JiscMail Files Area. You may notice differences in the fields available this year due to publication differences from the DfE. We have included KS4 Attainment 8 this time around and aim to continue using this measure going forward. For KS5, we have included the Average Point Score per academic/technical entry.

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HESA track reports are steaming ahead

Our Data Analysts are working hard on members’ HEAT HESA Track reports and infographics. These will be available for members who have a sample of at least 100 students linked to an outreach activity recorded on HEAT who are old enough to have been tracked in to Higher Education. We hope to send all reports to Leads within the next two weeks. For those members who do not yet have sufficient student tracking data for a report, please look out for the aggregate All HEAT member report which will be released in May/June.

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Access to UCAS data via ADRN approved

We have just received the excellent news that our proposal on behalf of HEAT members to the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) to access UCAS data at an individual pupil/student level has been approved. Our success is especially pleasing given that only 40% of applications are approved first time around. As far as we know, this is the first approved application to access the UCAS data since the ADRN agreed to broker researcher access. It means that we will have much more information about how our HEAT participants engage with the UCAS application process and how this relates to the […]

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HEAT Outreach participant KS4 outcomes – school comparison data

HEAT recently published an infographic comparing KS4 outcomes of outreach participants who engaged prior to Year 11 against their school average (link to download infographic). This is second in the series of reports using KS4 data; the first report looked at level of activity engagement, KS4 attainment and HE progression. This new report examines KS4 attainment in the context of the school averages. The findings show positive outcomes in the KS4 performance of outreach participants compared to their school peers. Individual members who had a cohort where we were able to link to KS4 data have been sent their reports. […]

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