UK Data Service series record for:

Next Steps (also known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE1))

Series abstract

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).

Data access

GN 33369  |  Next Steps, 2004-

SNStudy DescriptionAccess OnlineDownload / Order  
5545   Next Steps: Sweeps 1-8, 2004-2016 Access data online with Nesstar
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GN 33453  |  Next Steps, 2004- : Secure Access

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Related studies:

  Statistical Regression Methods in Education Teaching Datasets: Longitudinal Study of Young People in England, 2004-2006 (SN 6660)

Related case studies:

Can conscientiousness predict drinking and smoking behaviours?
When is a school considered educationally disadvantaged?
Children with psychological distress are more likely to become unemployed
Using data in practice and in theory
Search for variables and questions from the Next Steps (also known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE1)).

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