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Next Steps is a longitudinal survey collecting information about young people in England aged 13 to 14 in 2004. Previously known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England, the study was originally designed to examine key factors affecting educational progress, attainment and transitions following the end of compulsory education and collects data on education, employment, economic circumstances, family life, physical and emotional health and wellbeing, social participation and attitudes.
Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) - Institute of Education (IoE), UCL
Next Steps cohort members were selected to be representative of young people in Year 9 (or equivalent) in England who were born between 1 September 1989 and 31 August 1990. The sample included pupils in both state and independent schools, as well as Pupil Referral Units. Sample boosts took place for some minority ethnic groups when cohort members were aged 16-17 at the fourth wave.
Sample size at recruitment
Sample size at most recent sweep
8,682 (LSYPE 7)
Age at recruitment
Cohort year of birth
UK Data Service
Genetic data collected
Linkage to administrative data
Administrative data, cognitive measures, education, COVID
Previously known as Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England (LSYPE)
Department for Education (2011). LSYPE user guide to the datasets: Wave one to wave seven. Department for Education, London.