HEFCE Launches Update of Participation of Local Areas Classification – POLAR4

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Today the Higher Education Funding Council for England HEFCE has launched an update of its Participation of Local Areas (POLAR) classification – POLAR4.

This place-based measure of educational disadvantage classifies local areas according to the participation rate of young people in higher education.

The methodology for POLAR4 differs from previous releases in the choice of geographical location and because of changes in the availability of data.

The report gives a summary analysis of POLAR4 and compares it with the previous classification, POLAR3.

Click here to read HEFCE’s accompanying blog