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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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.

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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HEAT Registration Tool survey: full details

Thank you to all who participated in the Registration Tool survey. We have collated your feedback and the common themes are discussed here, alongside the HEAT team’s response. 67% of respondents said they were quite or very likely to use the tool to capture participant data. 71% said that, all things considered, they would like to see this tool being incorporated into the HEAT service. Providing we can still meet your basic requirements within budget, we hope that development will take place in the Spring Term, testing in the Summer Term and the tool will be available for the start of […]

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HEAT membership votes for online registration tool

The HEAT membership voted recently on whether to invest HEAT resource in the development of an online registration tool that will ease the collection of registers. 70% of those who voted said that this tool would be useful and that HEAT should invest in its development. This tool will have automatic interface with the database and allow for some local customisation. We also received helpful feedback from users on desired functionality. Although the available budget prevents us from developing all the features requested by the survey respondents, we can develop a tool that will allow for basic data collection. However, […]

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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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