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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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How to use the maps

Type either the name or code of a ward into the search bar to bring up maps of the schools associated with a particular area. The workbook below lists all wards, or see this national interactive map.

The coloured area is the selected area. Areas are coloured according to local level of young HE participation (POLAR3) in Map 1, and by the gap in young HE participation in Map 2. Hovering over an area brings up more information about the young participation classification.

The blue dots show the schools that at least five Key Stage 4 pupils from the selected ward attend. Hovering over a dot brings up information about that school, including its name and postcode.

To zoom into a map double-click on the desired area or use the zoom ‘+’ and ‘-‘ controls in the top left hand corner of the map.

To return a map to its original size, click the ‘home' button in the top left hand corner of the map.

Note: The search function is currently quite limited and we are exploring options to improve the functionality.

About the maps

Local areas are identified at 2001 census ward level. A ward is linked a school where more than five Key Stage 4 pupils from ward attend the school, based on the 2013-14 cohort. Where fewer than five pupils go to any school, no schools will be highlighted.

The schools included on the maps are state-maintained secondary schools that taught Key Stage 4 (GCSE-level) pupils in 2013-14. They include academies, free schools, city technology colleges and state-funded special schools.

A particular ward’s school links are displayed on the maps by typing the ward name or code into the search bar. For names that refer to multiple wards across the country, all those areas and linked schools will be shown on the map. To narrow it down, try simply zooming into the particular area or searching again using the ward’s code, found by hovering over an area on one of the maps.

See the ‘School to area links’ tab for further information on the ward colour classifications and the differences between the maps.

Related work

It might be interesting to look at the full picture of how local young participation varies across the UK, or how gaps in young participation vary across England. 

Page last updated 13 June 2016

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