NEW FLAG TO ENHANCE DATA PICTURE ON CARE EXPERIENCED STUDENTS
Working with the OfS, HESA has revised the data flag to identify and record students who have experience of being in care. These will help to provide a more accurate picture of the care experienced student body by capturing a broader range of information.
HESA flags, where student characteristics are recorded upon entry to HE, help providers to understand the make-up of their student body and to measure the success of their interventions at different stages of the student lifecycle. They are also crucial for understanding student outcomes, by characteristic, at a national level. The new ‘care leaver’ flag can be found HERE.
NNECL has developed the decision tree below to assist HEIs in implementing the changes and ensuring they are capturing data on their care-experienced students correctly. Links to a blog by OfS explaining the rationale for the changes and our forthcoming webinar are provided below.