This STHC Data Portal contains the next generation of School Travel Health Check analysis output for . All the STHC data tables, charts and maps previously spread between different file types - Excel spreadsheets, MapInfo GIS, Instant Atlas, Google Earth etc. - are now delivered through this single, interactive web portal, which is viewable in any HTML5 compatible browser (including mobile devices).
Through this portal the STHC analysis results are made as publicly accessible as possible, but with password protection granting variable levels of viewing rights where it is absolutely required. This is namely any maps showing individual pupils icons, which are otherwise rendered as generalised “hot spot maps” to unregistered users.
As always we welcome feedback on how this STHC Data Portal can be further improved to enhance joined-up working within local authorities, as well as provide learning & management resources for schools and the communities they serve.
1. Previous Output Formats - Previous STHC output formats are still available on request, as is our STHC School Pack service.
2. Analysis Modules - The STHC analysis results are arranged into different modules in this portal according to the specific purpose and nature of the analysis (though there may be some overlap between them in terms of the data reported). Additional modules may be added over time but the current ones briefly are as follows:-
The STHC shows that, even in the absence of Pupil Usual Mode of Travel data, meaningful pupil-level results can still be derived from spatial analysis of core National School Census data and other publicly available datasets. That said, this portal makes the case for collecting Pupil Usual Mode of Travel data self-evident when viewers see how much more useful it makes the analysis results to them.
3. Reporting Levels of Results (Geographic) - Each page in this portal contains analysis results reported at 1 of 3 possible aggregate levels:-
4. Reporting Levels of Results (Temporal) - Pages are also organised by the number of years of analysis results they contain:-
5. Log-in Requirements - It is the aim of the STHC to make our analysis results as accessible as possible to all stakeholders. However as pupil-level data is involved we need to balance availability with data protection issues, such as ensuring anonymity. To that end most of the content is freely available to all users, but the map pages will require users to log-in to see them rendered with individual pupil icons (otherwise they are shown as a "hot-spot" style map). Log-n account details have been provided to your school in the STHC pack that was sent out in October 2014. Please contact us if you have require any assistance to log-in.
6. Browser Compatibility - The dynamic features of this portal - the maps and charts and some formatting elements - will only be displayed properly if your internet browser is HTML5 compatible. This shouldn't be a problem for most users but (as usual) the main issues are with Internet Explorer. Alas there is no way round this, apart from to change your browser.
7. 'Fluid' Page Layout - The page design is "fluid", which means things will move about depending on a combination of screen size, browser window width and browser zoom settings. By using a fluid design the content can be seen more easily in mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, which have smaller screens than computers. Users should experiment to optimise the view for their set-up.
8. Incorporated Free Web-Services - The portal incorporates free web-services provided by external providers such as Google Maps and GoogleCharts as integral components. These provide a great free technical resource that greatly enhance visualisation of the data at no extra cost to users - what better tool is there for visualising a journey than actually viewing it in StreetView within the Google Maps window? However it means that the users' device must have an active internet connection in order for the portal to work properly (although their is no problem with the HTML page files themselves sitting on the device). Also these external web-services are not within our control and so we ask users to please be patient as some pages, or some elements within a page, may take noticeably longer to load at peak Internet usage times.