POLAR4 classification: A local geography classification for young participation in higher education

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This report describes the methodology used to create an updated release of the Participation of Local Areas (POLAR) classification. 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…

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