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 […]

Read More

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.

Read More

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

Read More

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 […]

Read More

HEAT updates Pupil First Language and Ethnic Origin data for Institutions

Data in the Characteristics tab for each Institution in the HEAT database has now been updated for the academic year 2015/16. For schools, the Pupil First Language and Pupil Ethnic Origin sections has been populated with Government national statistics collected in January 2016. For further education colleges, just the Pupil Ethnic Origin section has been updated from the 2015/16 Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data.

Read More

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.

Read More

Making best use of Postcode-Profiler-only permissions

We are being asked by quite a few members if we can provide postcode lists to help target students for the NCOP programme. The Postcode Profiler on the HEAT database already provides a flag to show whether a postcode is in an NCOP target ward, so we are advising users to use this existing facility. Also remember that you can set up a user permission that restricts access solely to the postcode profiler. Some consortia are considering giving postcode-only access to users in schools and FE colleges. The school or college user can then copy the results back to a […]

Read More

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.

Read More

Advice from OFFA regarding withdrawal of NS-SEC data

Following the decision that HESA will no longer publish the NS-SEC WP performance indicators in 2017, HEAT contacted OFFA to ask for guidance on alternative measures for socioeconomic status that could be used in Access Agreements. OFFA advised the use of one or more alternative measures such as household income, IMD, FSM, IDACI and ACORN, but warned that institutions should use the measure(s) they choose consistently, be aware of their shortcomings and look out for bias. OFFA is working with HEFCE and HESA to release some experimental alternative measures at some point this year which they hope will fill the […]

Read More

HEAT holds second annual Symposium

The second annual HEAT Symposium took place on Monday 27th March in London. The event was very well attended by HEAT users and initial feedback was good (we will be circulating a delegate feedback questionnaire very soon). The key note speaker, Tim Leunig – Chief Analyst, Scientific Adviser and Director of the International Education Division of the DfE – gave delegates much to think about. In particular he highlighted what HEAT’s aggregated data reveal and how they can be utilised more effectively across the sector. The ARC Network presented its research into the added value that HEAT brings to its […]

Read More