The Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE) provides data on young people's transition from teenage years to adulthood.
Also known as Next Steps to its respondents, the study is managed by the Department for Education in collaboration with a number of other Government Departments including the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. Interviews began in 2004 with over 15,500 13-14 year olds in Year 9 (born between September 1989 and August 1990) in schools in England and their parents or carers. Interviews are now conducted annually.
Its key role is to identify and improve key factors which affect young people's progress from the later years of compulsory education through to further and higher education, training, work or other outcomes. Providing data which provides a strong evidence base for future policy development.
Another key objective is to fill a gap in cohort studies of those born in the 1990s.
Young people: A wide range of questions have been asked over the past seven waves. The Study not only focuses on education, information available is about respondents' educational experiences including, which subjects they liked, disliked, how well they got on with teachers, if they did their homework, if they have ever been bullied, ever played truant or got excluded, disability, measures of health and psychological wellbeing. Data is also available on respondents' lives outside of school, including hobbies, their opinions about their local community and their identity, participation in positive and social activities as well as more risky behaviours (including smoking, drinking and drug taking). As the cohort grows older data is being obtained about their experiences of Further and Higher Education or training as well as entry into the labour market and other outcomes such as starting families and more sensitive issues such as relationships and sexuality.
Household information: Parents/guardians were included in the first four waves of the survey, ensuring data has been collected relating to parents' involvement in the young person's education, as well as the socioeconomic and demographic details of their household. With the addition of data linking into other data sources, analyses can be conducted at several levels. Individually, at a household level, school level, local level and national level.
LSYPE data is regularly used within the Department for Education to help inform policy development on a wide range of subjects including community cohesion, use of Information, Advice and Guidance services, bullying, participation in risky behaviours and alcohol consumption.
LSYPE data is often used by academics to help inform their work.
Once ready, each wave of data is added to the UK Data Archive (external website).
In addition, in 2009 the Department for Education launched 'iLSYPE' (external website), a user-friendly online data exploration and management tool aimed at providing easier access to the data and its documentation. It should be the first stop for anyone wanting to know more about LSYPE data. Users can search for variables by topic and create their own bespoke datasets from all available data. Questionnaires from the surveys are also available along with functionality to create basic tables without the need to download files.
The Next Steps website is aimed at LSYPE respondents.
The Longitudinal Surveys Team
Young People Analysis
Department for Education
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125 Norfolk Street