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|Title:||National Pupil Database, Key Stage 4, Tier 4, 2002-2016: Secure Access|
|Series:||National Pupil Database [National Pupil Database, 2002-: Secure Access]|
|Depositor:||Department for Education|
Department for Education
Department for Education
Department for Education
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Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.The National Pupil Database (NPD) is one of the richest education datasets in the world. It is a longitudinal database which links pupil characteristics to information about attainment for those who attend schools and colleges in England.
There are a range of data sources in the NPD providing detailed information about children's education at different stages (pre-school, primary and secondary education and further education).
Pupil level information was first collected in January 2002 as part of the Pupil Level Annual Schools Census (PLASC). The School Census replaced the PLASC in 2006 for secondary schools and in 2007 for nursery, primary and special schools. The School Census is carried out three times a year in the spring, summer and autumn terms (January, May and October respectively) and provides the Department for Education with both pupil and school-level data.
The NPD is available through the UK Data Archive in three tiers. Tiers two and three are the most sensitive and must be accessed via the Archive's safe room, whereas tier four can be accessed remotely through the Archive's Secure Lab.
Tier two contains individual pupil level data which is identifiable and sensitive. Individual pupil level extracts include sensitive information about pupils and their characteristics, including items described as 'sensitive personal data' within the UK Data Protection Act 1998 which have been recoded to become less sensitive. Examples of sensitive data items include ethnic group major, ethnic group minor, language group major, language group minor, Special Educational Needs and eligibility for Free School Meals.
Tier three represents aggregated school level data which is identifiable and sensitive. Included are aggregated extracts of school level data from the Department of Education's School Level Database which include items described as 'sensitive personal data' within the Data Protection Act 1998 and could include small numbers and single counts. For example, there is 1 white boy eligible for Free School Meals in school x who did not achieve level 4 in English and maths at Key Stage 2.
Tier four represents less sensitive data than tiers two and three. Included are individual pupil level extracts that do not contain information about pupils and their characteristics which are considered to be identifying or described as sensitive personal data within the Data Protection Act 1998. For example, the extracts may include information about pupil attainment, prior attainment, progression and pupil absences but do not include any identifying data items like names and addresses and any information about pupil characteristics other than gender.
Extracts from the NPD are also available directly from the Department of Education through GOV.UK's National pupil database: apply for a data extract web page.
|The fourth edition (September 2017) includes a data file and documentation for the year 2016.
The NPD data held by the UK Data Archive include detailed information about pupils' test and exam results, prior attainment and progression at key stages for all schools in the state sector in England. The NPD also includes attainment data for pupils and students in non-maintained special schools, sixth-form and Further Education colleges and (where available) independent schools.
The NPD data held under SN 7627 include pupil-level data for Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16) matched to prior attainment for Key Stages 1 (ages 5-7), 2 (ages 7-11) and/or 3 (ages 11-14), and School Census/Pupil Level Annual Schools Census information.
|Time period:||01 January 2002 - 31 December 2016|
Local Authority Districts
|Kind of data:||
Individual (micro) level
Pupils attending schools in England in 2002-2016
No sampling (total universe)
|Number of units:||Approximately 600,000 to 670,000 pupils|
|Method of data collection:||
Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Data are collected from a range of sources including schools, Local Authorities and awarding bodies.
|Weighting:||No weighting used.|
|ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT||ADVANCED SUPPLEMENTARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS||ARTS EDUCATION|
|BACCALAUREATE||BIOLOGY||BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION STUDIES|
|BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDS||CHEMISTRY||DOMESTIC SCIENCE EDUCATION|
|DRAMA||EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT||EDUCATIONAL FINANCE|
|EDUCATIONAL MEASUREMENTS||EDUCATIONAL TESTS||EDUCATIONAL YEAR|
|ENGINEERING||ENGLAND||ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION|
|ENROLMENT||FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES EDUCATION||GENDER|
|GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION||GENERAL NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION||GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION|
|GRAMMAR SKILLS||HANDWRITING SKILLS||HISTORY EDUCATION|
|HUMANITIES EDUCATION||INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY||KEY SKILLS|
|LITERACY||MATHEMATICS EDUCATION||MEDIA STUDIES|
|MUSIC EDUCATION||NATIONAL CURRICULUM||OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS|
|ORDINARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS||PHYSICAL EDUCATION||PHYSICS|
|READING SKILLS||RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION||SCHOOL CLASSES|
|SCIENCE EDUCATION||SPELLING SKILLS||STATISTICS EDUCATION|
|STUDENT TRANSPORTATION||TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION||VERBAL SKILLS|
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||22 January 2015|
|Latest edition:||12 September 2017 (4th Edition)|
|Copyright:||Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland|
Registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor will be informed about usage. Controlled data requirements and conditions also apply. Further information is available from Access to the Secure Lab. In addition, the Service is required to request explicit permission from the data owner prior to providing the researcher with access to the data.
Available to UK HE/FE applicants only.
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|Title||File Name||Size (KB)|
|NPD key stage 4 sample data||7627ks4_sample_data.xlsx||89|
|NPD data sources, 1995-2017||7627npd_data_sources_by_year_jun17.xlsx||22|
|NPD variable details, June 2017||7627npd_data_tables_jun17.xlsx||809|
|UK Data Archive Data Dictionary||7627allfiles_ukda_data_dictionary_4th_edn.pdf||1279|
|NPD data flows and data sharing||7627data_flow_and_sharing_document_2016.pdf||1081|
|NPD user guide, 2014-15 - UKDS access||7627userguide_2014_2015.pdf||670|
|NPD user guide, 2015||7627userguide_2015.pdf||598|
|Study information and citation||UKDA_Study_7627_Information.htm||6|
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