Proficiency in English

Proficiency in EnglishThe 2011 Census asked residents if English was the main language spoken by the individual, and if not, what their main language was. The infographic presented here provides more details on what main languages are spoken in Warwickshire, where these residents live within the county, and how Warwickshire compares with elsewhere.

The results show that nearly 23,000 residents of Warwickshire (4.3% of the population) do not have English as their main language. However most of these residents state that they still speak English either ‘very well’ or ‘well’. Within Warwickshire, Rugby Borough and Warwick District have the highest numbers of residents who speak English ‘not very well’ or ‘not at all’.

Nationally, 7.7% of residents in England and Wales do not have English (or Welsh in Wales) as their main language. Within Warwickshire, the equivalent figure ranges from 6.7% in Rugby Borough to 1.0% in North Warwickshire Borough. Please click on the infographic image to find out more information on this topic.

For further information about the 2011 Census, or if you have any comments or suggestions for further areas of work, please contact the Observatory at research@warwickshire.gov.uk.

2013 Annual Pupil Survey

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The Warwickshire Observatory have been working with the Business Intelligence (Children’s) Team in the People Group over the last five months on the latest Annual Pupil Survey (APS). Previously known as the Every Child Matters (ECM) Survey, the consultation is open to all schools and Colleges in Warwickshire.

Over 5,500 young people responded to the questionnaire this year, representing 43 different schools and colleges across the county. The questionnaire covers a wide range of issues including pupils’ happiness, safety, physical activity, awareness of different issues and accessing help and information.

A copy of the report summarising the key findings from the survey can be accessed by clicking here.

If you have any questions about the project, or would like any further information, please contact us by e-mailing research@warwickshire.gov.uk.

Where are the main areas of population change in Warwickshire?

MSOA-Population-ChangeAs highlighted in previous Blog posts, the population of Warwickshire has increased by 7.8% from the 2001 Census to the 2011 Census. We have reported that this increase has not been evenly distributed across the county. Rugby Borough has witnessed the greatest increase (+14.4%) whilst the population of North Warwickshire Borough has remained relatively static (+0.3%).

The map presented here provides a bit more detail about where these changes have occurred at a Middle Layer Super Output Area (MSOA). MSOAs have been created by the Office for National Statistics by merging Census Output Areas together; there are 66 MSOAs in Warwickshire, each with a population of between 5,000 and 13,000 residents.

Among other things, the map shows that nine of our MSOAs have seen a population increase of 20% or more in the last decade, to find out where they are, click on the map …

Annual Pupil Survey 2012

The Warwickshire Observatory have been working with the Business Intelligence (Children’s) Team in the People Group over the last nine months on the latest Annual Pupil Survey (APS). Previously known as the Every Child Matters (ECM) Survey, the consultation is open to all schools in Warwickshire. This year the questionnaire was made available to young people at Special Schools, and also to students at Colleges in the county.

Over 7,000 young people responded to the questionnaire this year, representing 52 different schools. The questionnaire covers a wide range of issues including pupils’ happiness, safety, physical activity, awareness of different issues and accessing help and information.

A copy of the key findings from survey can be accessed by clicking on this link:  APS Briefing Note

If you would like a copy of the full report please visit the Children’s Trust website at: http://warwickshirect.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/annual-pupil-and-student-survey-2012-results/

Facts about smoking in Warwickshire

To mark No Smoking Day on Wednesday March 14th, the Observatory have gathered data from various sources to create a graphic summarising some facts about smoking in Warwickshire. The visualisation provides information on the proportion of residents who smoke, the cost of smoking on the Warwickshire economy and some facts on smoking cessation.

For further information on the visualisation contact the Observatory at research@warwickshire.gov.uk or phone 01926 418049. For further information about No Smoking Day including an on-line forum, and various apps go to www.wequit.co.uk

Library Opening Hours Consultation

In July, Cabinet approved the reduction in opening hours of Warwickshire libraries and we are now consulting on the pattern of opening hours at 16 sites. Consultation is taking place on the pattern of opening hours for the following libraries: Alcester, Atherstone, Bedworth, Coleshill, Kenilworth, Leamington, Lillington, Nuneaton, Polesworth, Rugby, Shipston, Southam, Stratford, Wellesbourne, Whitnash, Wolston. The consultation runs from today until Sunday, 11 December 2011.

There are two options for each library. They are based on feedback already received from the previous consultation exercise held earlier this year about the consultation process, and current usage of libraries and are intended to establish a memorable pattern of opening.

The survey can be completed by visiting the  Library Consultation Blog at http://libraryconsult.wordpress.com/. Just click on the link, and then click on ‘complete the online survey here’ in the top-right corner.

Once the results have been analysed the outcome of the consultation will be published. The intention is to implement the revised opening hours from 1 April 2012. The option selected for each library will be based on the majority preference.

Does Warwickshire think the London 2012 Olympics will have a positive effect on ordinary people?

The route of the 2012 Olympic torch has been released today. The torch will come within 10 miles of 95% of the population in the UK, including nine stops in Warwickshire – our map provides more details about where the torch will stop in the county.

We have overlaid the map with some further information using the Mosaic dataset. One of the variables within Mosaic indicates the percentage of people who believe that the ‘London 2012 Olympics will have a positive effect on ordinary people’. Using modelled data, the map shows levels of agreement with the statement, at a Super Output Area level.

In general, most of the torch stops are in the south of the county, which coincides with the areas that people are most likely to believe the Olympics will have a positive effect.