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Next Steps (also known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE1)) is a major longitudinal study that follows the lives of around 16,000 people born in 1989-90 in England. The first seven sweeps of the study (2004-2010) were funded and managed by the Department for Education (DfE) and mainly focused on the educational and early labour market experiences of young people.
The study began in 2004 and included young people in Year 9 who attended state and independent schools in England. Following the initial survey at age 13-14, the cohort members were interviewed every year until 2010. The survey data have also been linked to the National Pupil Database (NPD) records, including cohort members’ individual scores at Key Stage 2, 3 and 4.
In 2013 the management of Next Steps was transferred to the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) at the UCL Institute of Education and in 2015 Next Steps was restarted, under the management of CLS, to find out how the lives of the cohort members had turned out at age 25. It maintained the strong focus on education, but the content was broadened to become a more multi-disciplinary research resource.
There are now two separate studies that began under the LSYPE programme. The second study, Our Future (also known as LSYPE2), began in 2013 and will track a sample of over 13,000 young people from the age of 13/14 annually through to the age of 20 (seven waves).
GN 33369 | Next Steps, 2004-
GN 33453 | Next Steps, 2004- : Secure Access
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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 who were aged 13/14 years old at the first wave and their parents or carers. Interviews are conducted annually. Next Steps (formerly LSYPE1) interviewed the young people over seven waves (2004-2010) with a wave 8 interview in 2015 at age 25.
The End User Licence LSYPE data collections include Government Office Region as the standard geographic identifier. More detailed geographic variables are available in the Secure Access collections e.g. Local Learning and Skills Council Areas, Local Authority Districts, Super Output Areas (lower layer), Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies, Wards (census area statistics).
Documentation about the content of the survey and PDF user guides (including questionnaires) are freely available. These can be found for Next Steps via Next Steps: Sweeps 1-8, 2004-2016.
Data from future sweeps will be deposited within about 12-18 months from the end of fieldwork.