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Estimating secondary school catchment areas and the spatial equity of access

Following the Educational Reform Act of 1988, families in England and Wales have been free to identify a preferred school for their children’s secondary education. However, as part of this open selection, the demand from parents opting to send their children to the best performing schools far outstrips the supply of available places at them, […]

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Estimating secondary school catchment areas and the spatial equity of access

Following the Educational Reform Act of 1988, families in England and Wales have been free to identify a preferred school for their children’s secondary education. However, as part of this open selection, the demand from parents opting to send their children to the best performing schools far outstrips the supply of available places at them, and consequently many schools ration places using entry criteria that favour those pupils domiciled close to the school. Through this geographic selection process, choice is spatially sorted and access to the best schools is often crucially dependent upon where parents live. After illustrating this problem, this paper develops an automated modelling technique that can be used to define and map school catchment areas based on the home locations of pupils attending every publically funded school in England. It then develops this framework to create a web based decision support tool to aid parents seeking secondary school places.

Singleton, A.D., Longley, P.A., Allen, R., O’Brien, O. (2010) Estimating secondary school catchment areas and the spatial equity of access. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems doi:10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2010.09.006

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ArcGIS 10 – Field Calculator and Python

Python has been more tightly integrated in the new release of ArcGIS 10, allowing scripting to occur directly through a Python process without even opening up ArcMap. Admittedly this was available before, but now everything is more tightly coupled and a lot cleaner in it’s implementation. However, what has really interested, and indeed confused me […]

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Seminar « Urban Frontiers / Les frontières de la ville» , Institut Francais de Geopolitique, Universite Paris 8

Seminar « Urban Frontiers / Les frontières de la ville» , Institut Francais de Geopolitique,  Universite Paris 8, 18 June 2010 This seminar evaluated evidence on immigrant spatial concentration in Europe and its alleged effects on social integration, focusing on issues of … Continue reading

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Keynote at Urban Studies conference – Univ. of Amsterdam

Pablo Mateos gave a keynote talk at a conference on Urban Studies at the the University of Amsterdam The conference title was “The Essence of the Urban”, and it attempted to discuss questions about scholarly questions emanating from the changing form … Continue reading

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OAC in Journal of Maps and the Telegraph

There are 3 interesting papers on OAC in the current issue of the Journal of Maps: Visualising the Output Area Classification ( http://www.journalofmaps.com/crossrefMap.php?mid=1102) Mapping the geodemographic classifications of migrants’ origins and destinations (http://www.journalofmaps.com/crossrefMap.php?mid=1106) Rectangular Hierarchical Cartograms for Socio-Economic Data (http://www.journalofmaps.com/crossrefMap.php?mid=1090) The final paper has also appeared as a piece in the Telegraph recently on ‘social […]

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OACoder Postcode Coding Tool

What is the OACoder Software? The OAC classification has previously been disseminated by the ONS at the Output Area Level. For a lot of users this has been problematic given that address records typically consist of lists of unit postcodes. A recent development at the ONS has created an open licence version of the National […]

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OAC Grand Index

We have just finished compiling version 1.0 of the OAC grand index. This is a tool which we hope you will find useful in its current form, however, we will be adding more data in the future as and when this becomes available. For this first edition we would like to thank Daryl Lloyd – […]

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Media coverage

My own research and/or the projects in which I have worked with others at UCL Geography and CASA have gained attention through the following media features: Selected media features 2006-2008 2008  ‘Website maps surnames worldwide” BBC News, 30 Aug http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7588968.stm … Continue reading

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PLACE BASED BUDGETING: MAKING EFFICIENCY SAVING WITH OAC IN AN AGE OF AUSTERITY

Many thanks to all those who attended our OAC User Group Annual Conference, and additional thanks to all of our speakers. The slides from the talks have all been uploaded to slideshare: Introduction. Alex Singleton: University of Liverpool OAC in an age of austerity. John Fisher: Local Futures Using geo-demographic classifications for customer insight. Miranda […]

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Standard Colours for OAC

We at the OAC User Group feel that implementing a standard set of colours would help OAC. It would make it easier to share data visualisations, such as graphs and maps if the groups were directly comparable by colour, and would give OAC a branded feel, bringing it in line with other commercial classifications. As […]

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