How we are extending this analysis
We have listened to the people who use the maps and data on these pages via a survey. We are exploring some of the suggested changes to improve these tools.
The report based on the analysis of this survey is available for download below.
What changes have we made?
1. Postcode look-up facility
Following feedback, we include the data behind this mapping in a tool that will allow users to search for gaps in participation by postcode.
2. Flexible modelling
We have updated the mapping so that it is a more flexible tool that suits the needs of different users (November 2016).
The mapping explores the incorporation of different factors to account for which may affect participation, such as:
- GCSE-level attainment
- Free School Meals (FSM)
- Driving time to nearest HE provider
What changes are we making?
1. School-level data
We will explore the feasibility of different models for the analysis of gaps in participation, including school-level gaps analysis.
This would involve identifying local gaps in participation based on Key Stage 5 (A-level and equivalent) data.
Feedback has suggested that this may give a stronger prediction of progression. It also aligns with the outreach work that institutions already focus on with schools.
We expect it will build on the Department for Education’s existing work in this area.
2. Levels of geography
We are also exploring the value of broader geographical summaries (for example, at county level). This would aim to give more context and help make comparisons at the local level.
Report and supporting research
We ran a survey to inform this programme of improvement.
The survey explored whether the current analysis uses the right population, takes into account the right factors, and focuses on the right level of geographic granularity.
Feedback generally confirmed that the approach we have taken so far is suitable.
Details of this feedback and the supporting evidence are available in the full report.