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This data was obtained from the Office of National Statistics 2011 English and Welsh census. The education datasets provided by eSpatial can be used to examine and analyse the educational attainment levels of the population aged 16 and over. These datasets can be used in conjunction with the eSpatial mapping software to create reports which investigate education attainment levels across England and Wales. Reports can be generated which examine qualification levels within England and Wales at the English government office region geographical level and the English and Welsh county and unitary authority, local authority and ward geographical levels. You can also link and connect your own personal or commercial data to these datasets. Educational attainment levels across England and Wales can also therefore be analysed in relation to your own data. Below is an example of a simple county and unitary authority education report. This report was designed by eSpatial to illustrate how to get the most out of the eSpatial mapping software and the data it provides.

A simple report was created using eSpatial mapping software and the Education (County and Unitary Authority) dataset it provides. This report examines educational attainment levels across England and Wales in relation to the NVQ qualification level of the population. The education datasets provided by eSpatial offer a number of different education categories which can be reported on but for the purpose of this report the NVQ level of the population was chosen as an example.

County and unitary authorities are coloured and categorized according to the number of people with an NVQ level 4-5 qualification. The graduated colour scheme adopted by eSpatial mapping software allows for a quick and easy analysis of this data. It is evident from the map that yellow coloured county/unitary authorities (e.g. Powys) have the lowest number of people with an NVQ Level 4-5 qualification, less than 30,000 people while red coloured county/unitary authorities (e.g. Worcestershire) have the highest number of people at this level of education with more than 100,000 people obtaining this level of qualification. It is also therefore easy to surmise that the amount of people with NVQ Level 4-5 qualifications in the light orange (e.g. Herefordshire), orange (e.g. Trafford) and dark orange (e.g. Cheshire East) coloured county/unitary authorities lies somewhere between 30,000 and 100,000 people respectively.

Firstly the topic reflected in the map can be changed quickly and easily simply by selecting the map this field option. Once this option has been selected the map will change to reflect the values in this topic (e.g. select the map this field option on NVQ Level 3/equivalent to see these values mapped in relation to the English and Welsh county and unitary authorities). Secondly the report can be sorted in ascending or descending order. This is useful when trying to decipher quickly which areas have the highest/lowest values (e.g. select sort descending on No Qualifications to see which county/unitary authority has the most unqualified people). Finally the report can also be filtered by specific values. This is useful when trying to quickly search for areas with specific values (e.g. select filter results on NVQ Level 1/equivalent so that county/unitary authorities which have between 20,000 and 50,000 people with this level of qualification are only displayed on the map).

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