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The Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE), also known as Next Steps, commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), is a major panel study of young people. The study began in 2004, when its sample of young people were aged between 13 and 14. The LSYPE is one of the main information sources for the formation and appraisal of policies relating to young people and will continue to be so for at least the next 10 years. The baseline data will be used to monitor the progress of the cohort group, evaluate the success of policies aimed at this group and provide an evidence base for further policy development.
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The main role of the study is to identify, and enable analysis and understanding of, the key factors affecting young people's progress in transition from the later years of compulsory education, through any subsequent education or training, to entry into the labour market or other outcomes. Data from the study will be used, among other things, to monitor the progress of the cohort group, evaluate the success or otherwise of policy aimed at this group and provide an evidence base for further policy development.
Interviewees are young people in Year 9 (or equivalent) in schools in England in February 2004 (born between 1 September 1989 and 31 August 1990) and their parents or carers. Interviews are conducted annually.
The data are available in SPSS, Stata, and ASCII tab-delimited formats and can also be requested in other formats, such as SAS.
For information on the availability of geographical variables for each of the major ESDS Longitudinal studies, see Geography variables.
Variable lists and PDF user guides (including questionnaires) are freely available via Longitudinal Study of Young People in England dataset.
Data are expected to be deposited on an annual basis, within 12 months of the end of the fieldwork for each wave.