The HEAT Groups – a thematic paper

HEAT’s latest research report, entitled The HEAT Groups – A Thematic Paper, examines attainment and progression outcomes for HEAT’s student groups (the HEAT Groups). Classifying students into groups based on both their socioeconomic background and prior attainment allows us to compare outcomes for students who are similar in their likelihood of progressing to higher education. The paper identifies critical points in the educational pathways of certain groups, providing insight into when outreach interventions might be needed most. This report, which can be viewed and downloaded from the Live File Store, has been approved by the HEAT Research Group for external […]

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New member-level infographic is on its way

Our analysts are currently preparing a new member-level infographic summarising HEAT’s participant tracking into post-16 education. Members with sufficient data will receive a two-page infographic presenting key findings from this stage of the HEAT track, which investigates: The transition of outreach participants to post-16 educatio Their trajectories in terms of where and what they study Their attainment in the qualifications they enter. This analysis draws on Key Stage 5 attainment data from the National Pupil Dataset provided by the Department for Education in conjunction with data for other Level 3 qualifications (including apprenticeships) recorded through the Individualised Learner Record. This […]

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HEAT releases thematic paper on SE coverage

HEAT is pleased to release to members a thematic paper on the coverage of pre-16 outreach delivery in the South East of England. Its origin stemmed from a meeting between HEAT and the Social Mobility Commission (SMC) in which the SMC wanted to know what percentage of secondary-school-age pupils in England receive outreach. The thematic paper – entitled Coverage Thematic Paper South East 2017 and downloadable from the HEAT database File Store – reveals that outreach was delivered by HEAT members to almost all schools across the South East in the 2014/15 to 2015/16 time period and that most schools […]

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POLAR4 integration update

The HEFCE POLAR classification was recently updated and HEAT will be integrating it into outputs and tools going forward. This fourth iteration of POLAR (POLAR4) is based on the combined participation rates of those who entered HE between the academic years 2009-10 and 2013-14 (if they entered aged 18) or between 2010-11 and 2014-15 (if they entered at 19). In recognition of the fact that members may have used POLAR3 in their Access Agreements or in other target setting, HEAT will operate a lengthy ‘transition’ period from POLAR3 to POLAR4. Members will continue to see POLAR3 analysis in reports and […]

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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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