Longitudinal Study of Young People (LSYPE) data linkage

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Social Science

Abstract

The Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE) was launched in 2004 with an initial sample of around 15,700 young people in year nine, and therefore aged 13 or 14. Information has been collected from the study members every year for seven years, and the most recent survey was conducted in 2012 when individuals were 19 or 20. For the first four years of the study their parents were also interviewed. The LSYPE was funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and they have used the evidence from the study to inform policy making and to help improve services for young people. For example, the decision to raise the compulsory participation age in education and training from 16 to 18 was influenced by findings from the study. It has also been widely used by academic researchers in the UK and elsewhere. The main things that have been studied are factors affecting young people's progress through school and into further or higher education, training, or work, and how this is influenced by family background and young people's aspirations and attitudes towards school.
One of the strengths of the LSYPE is that it has been linked with the DfE's administrative records of all state schools and pupils - the National Pupil Database. This includes information about each school and pupil. Most importantly, it provides details of the young people's educational attainment at GCSE and A-level.
Other administrative datasets have potential for research, including records about further and higher education, state benefits and earnings, hospital admissions and criminal behaviour. Linking existing LSYPE data to these administrative records would enable further useful research. It would provide information on study members at age 22/23, and into the future, without having to conduct further surveys. However, this can't be done without the permission of the study members, and it is important that they understand fully what is planned.
The first step will be to re-contact the study members to ask them permission for this data linkage and for the DfE to pass on their contact details so that we can continue the study. This will be done by posting them a leaflet and consent forms, and asking them to return them. The next step will be to provide the government departments, who hold these administrative records, with the name, sex, date of birth and address of study members who agree, in order that they can find them in their records and extract the data about them.
Once we have the linked data, we will prepare it for use by other researchers by creating summary variables and producing a guide to how to use the data. We will encourage the use of the data by running separate workshops for researchers interested in health, education and economic information. The data will be stored securely, and only made available to bona-fide researchers. The DfE will also pass on the contact details, of study members who agree, and we will store them in a secure address database. We can then maintain contact with the study members, and send them summaries of research findings based on the study. We hope it will be possible to survey them in the future, both to collect information which would help us to understand the linked data, and to ask for information not included in administrative sources. However, this can only be done if additional funding can be secured.
The LSYPE has already provided rich information about young people's pathways through secondary school and into higher education or the labour market. However, extending the information we have about these young people will allow us to understand the outcomes of different trajectories and of family background, risky behaviours, and attitudes and aspirations. This is particularly important as this generation, born in 1989/1990, is entering young adulthood at a time when the British Government is still grappling with the consequences of a severe world recession.

Planned Impact

There are three key groups who will benefit from the proposed study. First, as discussed in the section on academic beneficiaries, researchers from a wide range of disciplines will benefit from the unique resource represented by this detailed and innovative cohort study. Second, policy makers within government and international organisations, and third, ultimately the wider public, will benefit from the findings of the research. These latter groups are the focus here.
The LSYPE cohort was originally designed to answer questions about the causal processes that lead to positive and negative educational outcomes for individuals. Developing a better understanding of these causal pathways can ultimately lead to greater effectiveness of schools and educational institutions more broadly in order to enhance the wellbeing of young people and maximise their opportunities and life chances. Our aim is to maintain the LSYPE cohort and link the existing datasets to administrative data on further and higher education, the labour market and state benefits, hospital episodes and records of offending. This will result in a research resource that can be used to understand more about the factors influencing individuals' experiences and choices as they make the transition into young adult life, and their outcomes at this age.
Our longer-term aim is to maintain and enhance the first LSYPE cohort so that it provides a rich research resource documenting the lives and experiences of a large representative sample of those born in England in 1989/1990. As this cohort grows older the study will be able to provide evidence to inform a wide range of policy issues.
The link between IOE and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), via Professor Dearden as Co-I, is particularly important for ensuring that the LSYPE ultimately has an impact on policies relating to individuals' experiences of higher education and transitions to young adult life. IFS has excellent links to key personnel in DfE, BIS and DWP which will help ensure both that the research agenda will be shaped by policy interests and that research findings are effectively disseminated and discussed with those most likely to find them of relevance.
Staff on the team at IOE has extensive experience of knowledge transfer with researchers and policy makers located in government departments and the devolved administrations. CLS already regularly produces high quality Briefing Papers for the policy-maker audience based on the results of the birth studies' data. A similar approach could be adopted with the LSYPE study in future if resources allow. Researchers from government departments, and organisations within the third sector, will be included in the consultation process to determine the exact content of any new LSYPE data collection sweeps, to ensure the relevance of the data collected.
 
Description The key findings from this grant period are outlined below:
Thornby, M, Calderwood, L, Kotecha, M, Beninger, ... A. (2016). Collecting Multiple Data Linkage Consents in a Mixed Mode Survey: Evidence and Lessons Learnt from Next Steps. London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies. Overall, respondents considered it acceptable to give consent without signing forms. As opposed to signed consent, this protocol minimises respondent burden and survey cost.Experimental evidence from the pilot study seems to suggest higher consent rates in face-to-face interview, followed by telephone and finally by web; although the small sample size of the experiment doesn't allow to derive conclusive evidence.The descriptive analysis of the consent rates in the mainstage Next Steps Age 25 survey shows that consent rates were much lower in web than in telephone and face-to-face. Qualitative interviews showed that, overall, asking consent to link records from multiple domains is considered acceptable, and separate questions are preferred to a unique "catch all" item; we also find evidence of an "incremental effect", with respondents capitalising from previous questions, leading to a lower cognitive effort, at each subsequent request.
Henderson, M. (2019). The Quarter-Life Crisis? Precarious Labour Market Status and Mental Health among 25 year olds in England. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies. We find black and minority ethnic groups have lower odds of reporting mental ill-health at age 25 than the white group. With respect to labour market status, we find that net of socio-economic characteristics, educational attainment, behavioural variables and income at age 25, those who are unemployed are more than twice as likely to report symptoms of poor mental health as those who are employed. Shift workers and those on zero-hours contracts are also at a greater risk of mental ill-health by 47% and 44% respectively than those who are not shift workers or zero-hours workers. We find no significant difference for those who have a second job or are on a permanent contract for mental health at age 25 compared to those who do not have a second job or are on a temporary contract.

Anders, J. and Henderson, M. (2019). Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes in English Schools. In L. Volante;, S. Schnepf, J. Jerrim, D. Klinger. (Ed.), Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes - National Trends, Policies, and Practices. (pp. 20). London: Springer. This chapter explores socioeconomic inequality in educational outcomes in England using Next Steps. We begin by describing the key features of the English education system and highlight the characteristics of the student population. We explore the educational outcomes of socioeconomically disadvantaged young people through comparison of a number of different outcomes during educational careers. We analyze policies introduced or mooted in recent years to consider the extent to which they are likely to address these challenges successfully. These include the introduction of "academy" schools, reforms to the school curriculum, changes to education funding, the potential (re-) growth of academically selective schooling, increased investment in early years education, and an increased focused on gathering and disseminating robust evidence on 'what works' in educational attainment.

Henderson presented at Edinburgh University hosted by Prof Iannelli on "From adolescence to early adulthood: longitudinal analysis of probable mental ill health", 5-6 June 2018. Key findings: over two-thirds of 25 year olds are employed full time: a higher proportion of men (74%) are employed full time compared with women (58%). 4% are in a managerial role, while the largest proportion of employees (15%) are in professional jobs, such as teachers, scientists, accountants or lawyers. Having a zero-hours contract is associated with poorer self-assessed general health, so too is being unemployed after taking into account individual and behavioural characteristics. Politics: Over half of adults (56%) aged 25 are not at all or not very interested in politics. Rewards in Britain: 64% of adults aged 25 do not think that Britain is a place where hard work is rewarded. Improvement of opportunities: 59% of adults aged 25 feel that their opportunities in life have improved compare to that of their parents. The proportion of women who recognise this improvement is greater than that of men, so too do ethnic minorities compared with White British adults. Locus of control: There are mixed messages relating to the degree of autonomy these 25 year olds perceive that they have. For example 87% believe that if you work hard at something you succeed. 61% feel like they can decide on what will happen in their life. 40% believing that it is the fault of the individual if they are not a success in life. 32% agreeing that how people get on in life is a matter of luck. Adulthood: 85% of 25 year olds consider themselves to be an adult, although a smaller proportion, 72%, feel like they are being respected by others as an adult and only 69% feel that they have fully matured. Shift workers, those with a zero-hours contract and those who are unemployed are at a greater risk of reporting poor mental health after taking into account individual and behavioural characteristics.

Henderson has submitted a paper to BERJ on ''First in the family' (FiF) university graduates
in England' and presented at a British Academy funded event. The key findings are noted below: FiF students have lower levels of prior attainment than those who match their parents education with a degree, net of all background characteristics; FiF students also have lower social class background, lower income, more likely to rent than those who match their parents' education with a degree, net of all background characteristics; FiF status seems to be driven by women and those who are Indian and Black Caribbean, net of all background characteristics; FiF students are no more or less likely to drop out than non-FiF students; No significant difference between subject studied by FiF status, net of all background characteristics; and FiF have lower odds of attending a Russell Group university than those who match their parents education with a degree, taking into account prior attainment.
Exploitation Route We anticipate that our key findings may stimulate and motivate further use by researchers, and may be of interest to policy makers and practitioners. As outlined in the narrative impact section, some of these finding have already have impact.
Sectors Education,Healthcare

URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk
 
Description Data from the age 25 survey was deposited at the UK Data Service in June 2017 and provide a uniquely rich longitudinal research resource on a sample of almost 8,000 young adults in England. These have been used extensively for research and policy on a wide-range of different issues and we anticipate that the study will continue to grow. Figures from the UKDS from 1st April 2018-31 January 2019 show that there were 144 unique project registrations for Next Steps (this compares to 168 for NCDS, 147 for BCS70 and 339 for MCS). There were an additional 18 unique projects approved for Special Licence/Secure Access for Next Steps (compared to 25 for NCDS, 8 for BCS70, and 18 for MCS). We are preparing the linked administrative data for onward sharing. A brief update follows for Next Steps data linkages: Hospital episodes statistics (HES) we currently hold this data and are negotiating onward sharing of the data. Ministry of Justice have agreed in principle to a new data sharing model where the data are not held for long-term preservation and access with UKDS but made available through UKDS on a per project basis. UCAS agreed to share and link the data, currently in the process of writing a Data Sharing Agreement. The Student Loans Company have agreed to linkage and onward sharing of the data. Currently working on the Data Sharing Agreement. Higher Education Statistics Authority negotiations have restarted regarding onward sharing of the data. The Individual Learning Record and the National Pupil Database we are currently negotiating for permission to onward share the data we hold. Dr Lisa Calderwood has developed international links and shared best practice by presenting a seminar at University of Auckland; a seminar at Social Research Centre in Melbourne; a round table meeting hosted by National Centre for Longitudinal Data/ Australia National University (ANU) Centre for Social Research and Methods; and a seminar at ANU Centre for Social Research Methods in April 2018. Dr Morag Henderson also presented key findings using linked Next Steps-NPD data and developed international collaborations and shared best practice by presenting seminars at Columbia University, Princeton University, New York City University and the National Centre for Education Statistics in Washington in April 2018. In addition to these presentations, Henderson presented a seminar at Edinburgh University hosted by Professor Iannelli on "From adolescence to early adulthood: longitudinal analysis of probable mental ill health". Moreover she co-hosted a CLS cohort training event at Cardiff University on 14th March 2018; presented at A British Academy Event on First in family research' related to this she also worked present findings with the UCL Widening Participation team to discuss key results and policy implications.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Invited to present seminar at Department of Health and Social Care
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description The impact of zero hours contracts on young people Citation by Jeremy Corbyn during PMQs (5 July 2017)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact The impact of zero hours contracts on young people (July 2017) Using data from the Next Steps age 25 sweep Henderson found that young people on zero-hours contracts were at greater risk of reporting symptoms of psychological distress than those in stable jobs and were less likely to report being in good physical health. The research attracted media attention national and regionally. Coverage included pieces in the print editions of the Time, the Guardian, and the Metro, as well as online in The Independent and the Mirror and on the BBC3 and ITV websites. In parliament, Jeremy Corbyn referred to the research during Prime Minister's Questions (5th July 2017). He said "When Tories talk of tough choices, we know who suffers, the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. Young people employed on zero-hours contracts are more likely to have worse mental and physical health"
URL http://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-07-05/debates/27D7456E-4A86-4E37-B48F-DB6246E36630/Engagem...
 
Description 'First in the family', higher education choices and labour market outcomes (PI Morag Henderson)
Amount £159,065 (GBP)
Organisation Nuffield Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 03/2020
 
Description Next Steps Metadata into CLOSER Discovery
Amount £39,075 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2019
 
Description Next Steps age 31
Amount £4,368,759 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 03/2022
 
Title Next Steps Sweeps 1-8, 2004-2016: Secure Access, 4th Edition 
Description Next Steps: Sweeps 1-8, 2004-2016: Secure Access - 4th edition. For the fourth edition (October 2018), all school identifiers have been replaced with anonymised identifiers in the data file 'all_pupil_level_achievement_data_lsype_1_restricted' and all university identifiers have been replaced with anonymised identifiers in the data files 'w6_young_person_sensitive_variables_restricted' and 'w7_young_person_sensitive_variables_restricted'. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=7104
 
Title Next Steps, Sweep 8 - Geographical Data - 2011 Boundaries - 1st edition 
Description Next Steps: Sweep 8, 2016: Geographical Identifiers, 2011 Census Boundaries: Secure Access 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8190&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title Next Steps, Sweeps 1 and 8 - Geographical Data - 2001 Boundaries - 1st edition 
Description Next Steps: Sweeps 1 and 8, 2001 and 2016: Geographical Identifiers, 2001 Census Boundaries: Secure Access 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=8189&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title Next Steps, Sweeps 1-8 - Secure Access - 3rd edition 
Description Next Steps: Sweeps 1-8, 2004-2016: Secure Access 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact None as yet. 
URL https://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue/?sn=7104&type=Data%20catalogue
 
Title Next Steps: School segregation in all secondary schools in England / UKDS Secure Access for project 92560 
Description Next Steps: School segregation in all secondary schools in England / UKDS Secure Access for project 92560 This is a dataset released as part of the CLS data sharing project DAC ref 028 - The impact of socio-economic background and secondary schooling on students' access to labour market: Evidence from England, This is a CLS proposal that requested to link between-school segregation figures in all secondary schools in England, derived from the low security Schools Annual Census to Next Steps Secure Lab data (Project 92560). 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None as yet. 
 
Title Next Steps: linked Education data (NPD and ILR) / Government review of post-18 education provision 
Description Next Steps Sweep 8: linked Education data (NPD and ILR) / Government Review This is a dataset released as part of the CLS data sharing project DAC ref 039 - The proposed work will contribute to the Governments review of post-18 education provision, and is being done at the request of the review commissioner, Professor Alison Wolf. The analysis will consider the factors associated with aspirations, progression and outcomes in post-compulsory education for members of the LSYPE2 cohort, and compare to those of the LSYPE1 individuals, in order to identify changes over time. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None as yet 
 
Description Record Linkages with HMRC 
Organisation HMRC HM Revenue & Customs
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are working closely with HMRC officials to enact record linkages on the basis of informed consent to all four of the CLS cohort studies
Collaborator Contribution HMRC are contributing their expertise, and advice as well as ultimately the provision of linked data
Impact Joint presentation at CLOSER workshop in July 2016 Aiming for output of linked data, made available for the research community to use
Start Year 2012
 
Description Record linkages with Department for Education 
Organisation Department for Education
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution CLS is working in close partnership with DfE to enact linkage of DfE's National Pupil Database (NPD) and associated records (e.g. ILR and HESA) to the CLS cohorts (MCS and Next Steps), and to share this data with researchers via the UK Data Service (UKDS)
Collaborator Contribution DfE has provided CLS with linked data and maintains an ongoing agreement for onward sharing
Impact Many research papers have been created by the research community as a outcome of this partnership.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Record linkages with Department for Work and Pensions 
Organisation Department for Work and Pensions
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We are working in partnership with DWP to enact consented record linkages in all four CLS studies
Collaborator Contribution Graham Knox and Mike Daly at DWP have developed a model for linkage projects like ours and are engaging collaboratively with us in this
Impact We are aiming for a set of linked data for research with an agreement for onward sharing
Start Year 2012
 
Description Record linkages with Ministry of Justice 
Organisation Ministry of Justice
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution CLS is working with MoJ to enact linkage of Police National Computer (PNC) database records with Next Steps, and to share this data with researchers via the UK Data Service (UKDS). We may also in future link PNC data to the other cohort studies.
Collaborator Contribution Agreements are being putting in place around data linkage and onward sharing.
Impact There is a draft sharing agreement completed by CLS to be submitted to MoJ.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Record linkages with NHS Digital for tracing and research 
Organisation Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The aim of this collaboration is to achieve linkage between data provided by a number of bodies via NHS digital to the CLS cohorts, and to achieve agreement for onward sharing with researchers
Collaborator Contribution We have worked closely with NHS Digital to achieve linkage for both tracing and research, and discussions relating to onward sharing are ongoing.
Impact n/a
Start Year 2013
 
Description Record linkages with NHS Digital for tracing and research 
Organisation NHS England
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The aim of this collaboration is to achieve linkage between data provided by a number of bodies via NHS digital to the CLS cohorts, and to achieve agreement for onward sharing with researchers
Collaborator Contribution NHS has provided CLS with data for tracing purposes, so that CLS can re-contact cohort members before a survey. It has also notified CLS of cohort members deaths or embarkations. NHS has provided health data linked to three CLS cohort Studies (Next Steps, BCS70 and NCDS). Negotiations to get permission to onward share of the data with the research community is currently ongoing.
Impact Methodological work on the data .
Start Year 2017
 
Description "Private schooling, subject choice and upper secondary academic attainment in England: Using the Next Steps Generation" was presented at the Private Schools Workshop on 17th December 2018, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The paper presented explores Private Schooling in England.

With approximately three times the resources per pupil in private, compared with state schools, Britain's private sector presents an interesting case of what could be expected from schools that are extremely well resourced. This paper studies the links between private schooling and educational performance in upper secondary school, as measured through their performance in 'A level', the main school-leaving assessment which determines access to universities. Using data from the Next Steps survey of pupils born in 1989/90, we find evidence that, compared with otherwise observably similar state school students in upper secondary education and controlling for prior attainment, those at private school study 27 percent more 'facilitating' subjects, which are known to be favoured by high-status universities; they are placed 8 percentage points higher in the A level rankings (this could be equivalent to the difference between a student with AAB to a student with AAA) and 11 percentage points higher in the rankings for 'facilitating' A levels (this could be equivalent to the difference between a student with ABB to a student with AAA). We find no evidence of a private school advantage for ever attending any university but some evidence of a private school advantage for attending an elite university. Taken together with earlier studies at primary and lower secondary education levels, our findings mean that private schooling in Britain is associated with modest but cumulative advantages at all stages of education from primary onwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Adolescent wellbeing conference UCL - 12th December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Mental health and wellbeing in the Millennium Cohort Study, Professor Emla Fitzsimons
Using data from the Millennium Cohort Study, we will report on the prevalence of mental ill-health through childhood, from age 3, and into early adolescence, age 14. We will focus on the transition of symptoms between age 11 and 14 years, a key transitional stage of pubertal development, coinciding also with the important move from primary to secondary school. We will present a range of relevant correlates of different transition experiences, including bullying, pubertal age, socio-economic position, family stability etc. We will also investigate correlates of both mental illness and wellbeing in adolescence, and thereby the extent to which these two concepts - often considered to be two ends of the same spectrum - overlap or differ.

'From adolescence to early adulthood: longitudinal analysis of probable mental ill health', Dr Morag Henderson
This analysis will make use of the new age 25 data from the Next Steps cohort of young people born in 1989/1990. This presentation will explore mental ill health longitudinally and will examine correlates of adolescent mental ill health (at age 14 and 16) and their association with mental ill health at age 25. It will also identify the correlates of recovery from adolescent mental ill health and explore what predicts prolonged incidence of mental ill health symptoms and 'recovery'. Moreover the question of how adolescent mental ill health is associated with social outcomes at age 25 will be answered, including labour market outcomes, life satisfaction, family form ation and drug use.


'Early childhood parenting type and adolescent mental health problems', Dr Aase Villadsen
Several factors have been shown to contribute the development of childhood and adolescent mental health problems. However, family environment and parenting are highlighted as especially influential, with the period of early childhood being regarded as formative years that continue to shape outcomes later in life. The well-known typology of parenting of Baumrind - authoritative, permissive, authoritarian, uninvolved - is based on configurations of high and low parental responsiveness and demandingness. The authoritative parenting type, characterised by high levels of warmth and high structure, is regarded as optimal in terms of child functioning. A number of previous studies have confirmed this; although these have largely examined concurrent or short-term associations between parenting types and child functioning. Very little is known about the relationship between parenting types and children's longer-term adjustment, which we study here. Using data from the Millennium Cohort Study we examine parenting types in early childhood (age 3) and their longitudinal prediction of mental health difficulties in early adolescence (age 14).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Blog: Anti-Bullying Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This blog came in response to the DfE's announcement that 30,000 fewer young people in England are being bullied compared to 10 years ago. The blog was timed to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week. The blog covered findings from MCS, Next Steps and NCDS.

The blog was extensively shared on social media, with engagement predominently from academics and third sector organisations.

No impact as of yet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://ioelondonblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/bullying-what-have-longitudinal-studies-taught-us/
 
Description Bullying experience and effects: UK evidence (public engagement event) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In the lead-up to Anti-Bullying Week 2015, the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the Anti-Bullying Alliance hosted campaigners, charities, local authorities and others to discuss the latest evidence on how bullying is affecting children and young people. This event was part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, and was hosted by Barclays at their creative space in east London. It was hosted by CLS in collaboration with the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Speakers included Dr Stella Chatzitheochari, University of Warwick (presented research on bullying among children with disabilities); Dr Morag Henderson, CLS (presented research on bullying among sexual minorities); Prof Louise Arseneault, King's College London (presented on the long-term effects of childhood bullying on adult physical and mental health); Kiri Joliffe, Young NCB representative (presented a first-hand account of her experiences being bullied at school); Anna Feuchtwang, Anti-Bullying Alliance (chair).

There were just under 140 delegates in attendance: 42 members of the third sector, 28 members of the public sector, 38 academics, 21 members of the general public, and 9 others.

Following the presentations from academics, the panel (including a young person and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance team), engaged in a discussion with the audience.

Delegates gave this event an average of 8/10 on satisfaction, and a 8.5/10 on relevance.

Following the event, a PGCE Programme Leader from the UCL Institute of Education requested more information on the research to inform teacher training on equality and diversity.

CLS also had requests for further information from Buckinghamshire County Council, The Theatre Centre (empowering young leadership and youth activism through the arts), and members of the public.


Following the event, the Founder and President of Red Balloon Learner Centres asked to collaborate on future bullying work.

Following the event, a delegate from Buckinghamshire County Council requested 100 copies of all event materials to distribute to delegates at the Council's upcoming E-Safety Conference for students and professionals working with children and young people.

Our co-hosts, the Anti-Bullying Alliance, have asked us to run a joint seminar every year in advance of Anti-Bully
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/bullyingseminar
 
Description CLS cohort training event, Cardiff University 14th March 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Longitudinal data across the life course: an introduction to using cohort data
14 March 2018
Cardiff University
Longitudinal data are a powerful resource for addressing a wide range of scientific questions in various social, health, political and geographical sciences.
For example, what determines health across life? How has social mobility changed? What determines voting preferences?
This workshop will give both first-time and more experienced data users an insight into four of the UK's internationally-renowned cohort studies run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS):
• 1958 National Child Development Study;
• 1970 British Cohort Study;
• Millennium Cohort Study;
• Next Steps (previously known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England).
Delegates will be given an introduction to each of the cohort studies as well as further information on how to access and use them. There will also be updates about recent developments in each of the studies, including upcoming new data releases.
The session will feature guest speakers who will discuss their use of cohort data across a range of topics such as the role of grandparents, social participation in adulthood, and children's wellbeing.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss their own research ideas, gain advice and ask questions over a networking lunch.
The workshop will be run by staff from CLS, which is based at the Department of Social Science, UCL Institute of Education.
Speakers
• David Bann (Research Officer, Centre for Longitudinal Studies)
• Stuart Fox (Research Associate, Cardiff University)
• Jennifer Hampton (Research Assistant, WISERD)
• Morag Henderson (Co-Investigator of Next Steps, Centre for Longitudinal Studies)
• Vanessa Moulton (Research Associate, Centre for Longitudinal Studies)



Provisional programme outline
10:30 Welcome
10:35 Introduction to the cohort studies
David Bann, Morag Henderson, Vanessa Moulton
11:35 Tea and coffee
12:00 Interdisciplinary research examples

Grandparent involvement in children's lives Jennifer Hampton

Studying Social Participation in middle age using the National Child Development Study
Stuart Fox

From adolescence to early adulthood: longitudinal analysis of probable mental ill health
Morag Henderson

13:00 Lunch and discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Contribution to Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys (MOLS2) conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We had a significant presence at the 2018 Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys conference at the University of Essex which took place between 25th-27th July 2018. https://www.mols2.org.uk/. It is a specialist international conference focusing on longitudinal survey methods, which last took place in 2006. It lasted 3 days with several parallel sessions at each time, attended by around 150-200 academics, professional survey practitioners and post-graduate students from around the world. It was attended by eight members of CLS staff. In total, we delivered and/or co-authored four presentations based on the all of our four cohort studies, covering innovations in participant engagement, predictors of consent to data linkage, collection of bio-social data and innovations in the CLS cohorts (which was part of a special invited pre-conference workshop). Our presence at the conference was re-enforced through Twitter, with two CLS staff members tweeting from the conference and also tweets sent from CLS main account, and also CLS had a stand at the conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.mols2.org.uk/
 
Description Contribution to the European Survey Reseach Assocation conference 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We had a significant presence at the 2017 international conference of the European Survey Research Association in Lisbon, Portugal which took place between Monday 17th and Friday 21st July 2019. http://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/conference. It is a large conference lasting 5 days with multiple strands parallel sessions at each time, attended by around 800 academics, professional survey practitioners and post-graduate students from around the world. This is one of the major international survey methodology conferences, which takes place biennially. It was attended by eight members of CLS staff. In total, we delivered and/or co-authored eight presentations based on the all of our four cohort studies, covering participant engagement, data linkage, responsive design, bio-social data collection, occupation coding, and missing data. We are also organised conference sessions on surveying children and young people, biomedical data collection and handling missing data. Our presence at the conference was re-enforced through Twitter, with two CLS staff members tweeting from the conference and also tweets sent from CLS main account.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/conference
 
Description Contribution to the European Survey Research Association conference 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact We had a significant presence at the 2015 international conference of the European Survey Research Association in Reykjavik, Iceland. which took place between Monday 13th and Friday 17th July 2015. http://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/conference. It is a large conference lasting 5 days with multiple strands parallel sessions at each time, attended by around 800 academics, professional survey practitioners and post-graduate students from around the world.

This is one of the major international survey methodology conferences, which takes place biennially. It was attended by eight members of CLS staff. In total, we delivered and/or co-authored eleven presentations based on the three of our four cohort studies, covering surveying children and young people, collection of time-use and activity monitor data, data linkage, mixed-modes, event history calendars, para-data, DDI and interviewer training. Many of the presentations were joint with the survey agencies we have worked with on the studies (NatCen, IPSOS-MORI and TNS-BMRB). We are also organised seven conference sessions in total on surveying children and young people, collecting time-use data and administrative data linkage.

Our presence at ESRA was backed up by a London-based social media strategy which involved tweets from the @clscohorts account to promote the presentations on the cohort studies and the sessions we organised. Two of the staff members also engaged in tweeting at the conference. It total we sent around 150 tweets making us among the top tweeters at the whole conference. This enabled the research to reach far more people, both at the conference and beyond.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/conference
 
Description Cross Cohort Research Programme Conference, Special session: Subject choice and social mobility, London, 29 Nov 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Co-presenters include Prof Alice Sullivan, Dr Vanessa Moulton, Dr Jake Anders.

This inter-disciplinary special session aims to showcase the outstanding research explaining subject choice differences throughout the education system. In addition we hope to explore how these choices may influence educational and employment trajectories, as well as other aspects of life. Delegates will have an opportunity to:
• raise awareness of your current work on subject choice
• disseminate research findings and receive feedback
• develop collaborations and plan joint funding bids
• network with colleagues from across disciplines, sectors and locations
• hear about data sources and the latest resources for research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Department for Education Meeting and Presentation on 'First in the family' university graduates in England: The Next Steps Generation, 26 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Caroline Keim hosted this meeting and presentation at the Department for Education on 26th April 2018. This paper explores the characteristics of a recent generation of 'first in the family' (FiF) university graduates in England using a nationally representative dataset, Next Steps to provide the first comprehensive, descriptive statistics on this group. We identify the proportion of FiF young people at age 25 as compared to their peers who either match their parent's education level (either with degree or without degree) or are downwardly mobile, meaning their parent(s) has a university degree, but they do not. Our results show that that 24 per cent of young people aged 25 in 2015 in England are FiF, comprising nearly two-thirds of all university graduates of this cohort. Comparing groups with no parental higher education we find that ethnic minorities and those with higher levels of prior attainment are more likely to be FiF, and that those who are FiF are more likely to study Law, Economics and Management and less likely to study other Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities than those who are not FiF students. We find evidence that university type varies by FIF status, so too does dropout, where FiF students are at greater risk of dropout, once prior attainment, individual characteristics and socio-economic status are taken into account. Implications for these findings are discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health Perspectives on Mental and Physical Health, Initial findings from Next Steps 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health 38th CENTRE DAY: Tuesday 25th April 2017. This was an invited talk at which I presented the inital findings from Next Steps to a group of policymakers, academics and students who may not be traditional users of Next Steps but who, once they were made aware of the new data, are likely to make use of it. The findings also have strong policy relevance in substantive terms given their focus on health and wellbeing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ESRC SOCIAL SCIENCE WEEK EVENT: MENTAL ILL HEALTH 9th November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Young people's mental health and wellbeing has become a prominent social issue in recent months, receiving high-profile attention from the royal family and political parties.
This seminar will present civil servants at the Department of Health and Public Health England with the most recent findings on the state of mental health and wellbeing among two important generations of Britons: those born in 2000-01, and 1989-90.
Prof Emla Fitzsimons will present findings from the Millennium Cohort Study on the prevalence of mental ill health from age 3 to 14, focusing on the crucial age 11-14 period, when puberty is underway and children move from primary to secondary school. The findings will show the relationships between mental illness and other areas of life, including bullying, pubertal age, socioeconomic position, and family stability. Prof Fitzsimons will also explore the differences between mental illness and wellbeing at this critical age.
Dr Morag Henderson will present findings from new age 25 data from Next Steps on the prevalence of mental ill health from adolescence through to early adult life. The findings will also cover how adolescent mental illness is associated with outcomes at age 25, including general health, BMI, educational qualifications, and employment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hosted a conference to discuss the future scientific direction of CLS cohorts - attended by academics, policy makers and third sector 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact On 30 January 2019, Alissa Goodman and her team hosted an invitation only meeting on the future scientific direction of the longitudinal cohort studies at CLS. The meeting provided an opportunity for key academics, policy makers and third sector to shape how the cohorts are developed, and to ensure CLS support this audience in their research, as well as addressing policy needs of the future. Key messages from the consultation were documented in a report and will support the development of scientific plans for the CLS cohorts from 2020 onwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description How are millennials faring? Initial findings from Next Steps Department for Education 21st December 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact From adolescence to early adulthood: longitudinal analysis of probable mental ill health', Dr Morag Henderson
This analysis will make use of the new age 25 data from the Next Steps cohort of young people born in 1989/1990. This presentation will explore mental ill health longitudinally and will examine correlates of adolescent mental ill health (at age 14 and 16) and their association with mental ill health at age 25. It will also identify the correlates of recovery from adolescent mental ill health and explore what predicts prolonged incidence of mental ill health symptoms and 'recovery'. Moreover the question of how adolescent mental ill health is associated with social outcomes at age 25 will be answered, including labour market outcomes, life satisfaction, family formation and drug use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description How are millennials faring? Initial findings from Next Steps, Department for Education Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact How are millennials faring?: Initial findings from Next Steps. Dr Morag Henderson and Dr Lisa Calderwood.

This was an invited talk at the Department for Education by Emaline Kulasinghe. We talked for one hour to an audience of 40 policy makers present in the room and many others dialling in to the presentation through conference calling technology from across the country. The presentation included content on the process of restarting the first Longitudinal Study of Young People in England at age 25, now referred to as 'Next Steps'. Including a discussion about sample size, attrition, contents of the study and opportunities for research. In addition, initial results were presented on mental health, the role of diet and exercise on weight and health, politics, perception, identity and economic activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Inequalities and the Curriculum a Department for Education presentation 7th November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Inequalities and the Curriculum
Alice Sullivan, Jake Anders, Vanessa Moulton, Catherine Dilnot and Morag Henderson

This lunchtime seminar will discuss some of the recent findings from a team of researchers based at UCL Institute of Education. The seminar will run from 12pm-1pm (with 15 minutes for questions) and the room has been booked for an additional 30 minutes for [optional] further discussion. The paper by Jake Anders, Morag Henderson, Vanessa Moulton and Alice Sullivan examines the role of the school in producing curriculum differences using multi-level variance decomposition models applied to administrative data on young people in state schools in England. The paper by Vanessa Moulton, Alice Sullivan, Morag Henderson and Jake Anders examines whether taking EBacc eligible subjects or applied subjects at 14-16 made a difference to transitions at 16-plus, both in terms of staying on in education, progressing to A levels, and taking 'facilitating' subjects at A level. The paper by Alice Sullivan, Morag Henderson, Vanessa Moulton and Jake Anders examines the association between curriculum choice from 14-16 and its association with status attainment at age 25. Catherine Dilnot's paper uses a taxonomy of A-levels developed from the published preferences of the Russell Group of 24 high status UK universities, categorizing A-levels as 'facilitating', 'useful' and 'less suitable' for university entry. She examines the relationships between having such A-levels and rank score of university attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Leadership Committee meeting and Expert Group for the Administrative Data Research Partnership (ADRP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Alissa Goodman was invited and attended the first Leadership Committee meeting for the Administrative Data Research Partnership (ADRP) in December 2018, as well as an Expert Group meeting for ADRP in February 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description Liaison with Administrative Data Reseach Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We have had a number of meetings and other communications with staff at the Administrative Data Research Network, another ESRC funded investment, in order to explore closer working with this and to ensure efficiency between ESRC investments in relation to pursuing linked data requests for CLS, and for Next Steps specifically. In particular we have made progress with the possibility of linking Next Steps data to UCAS data held by ADRN.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Meeting at the Nuffield Foundation on adolescent cohort studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Lisa Calderwood participated in a half-day invited meeting organised by the Nuffield Foundation called 'CROSSING HORIZONS: New avenues in research with longitudinal adolescent cohorts'. Lisa gave a presentation about the Next Steps cohort study and during discussion shared learning from other CLS cohort studies, particularly Millennium Cohort Study.

This seminar focused on in-depth discussion of large-scale longitudinal cohort studies of youth in precarious social, economic and political circumstances, with presentations from both UK based cohort studies and Mzantsi Wakho, an ongoing longitudinal study of a cohort of 1,500 HIV-positive and negative adolescents, with community-tracing over three years (2014-2017), located in South Africa. As well as population cohorts, it also included a number of clinical cohorts following adolescents with experience of HIV.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting with Clare Baker, Department for Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Alissa Goodman, Lisa Calderwood and Danielle Gomes met with Clare Baker, Head of Performance Tables Development Unit, Education Data Division at Department for Education to discuss opportunities for linking CLS cohorts into the DfE's Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Katherine Woolf regarding setting-up a new cohort study 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact One hour meeting with Dr Katherine Woolf (Senior Lecturer in Medical Education, Deputy Lead for Research UCL Medical School) to give advice regarding setting-up a new cohort study
Update: 15/02/2018: I have recently learned that this project has been funded and Katherine has indicated she may ask me to join advisory panel/for other advice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting with the UCL Widening Participation Team; Presentation of intitial findings on 'First in the family' university graduates in England: The Next Steps Generation, 20th June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented project plans and initial findings on First in Family project to Widening Participation professionals on 20th June, 2018. This paper explores the characteristics of a recent generation of 'first in the family' (FiF) university graduates in England using a nationally representative dataset, Next Steps to provide the first comprehensive, descriptive statistics on this group. We identify the proportion of FiF young people at age 25 as compared to their peers who either match their parent's education level (either with degree or without degree) or are downwardly mobile, meaning their parent(s) has a university degree, but they do not. Our results show that that 24 per cent of young people aged 25 in 2015 in England are FiF, comprising nearly two-thirds of all university graduates of this cohort. Comparing groups with no parental higher education we find that ethnic minorities and those with higher levels of prior attainment are more likely to be FiF, and that those who are FiF are more likely to study Law, Economics and Management and less likely to study other Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities than those who are not FiF students. We find evidence that university type varies by FIF status, so too does dropout, where FiF students are at greater risk of dropout, once prior attainment, individual characteristics and socio-economic status are taken into account. Implications for these findings are discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meetings with survey agencies regarding strategic issues and data collection innovations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We wrote to all of the main UK survey agencies - Ipsos MORI, NatCen, TNS-BMRB, Gfk-NOP, ONS - to ask them to showcase to us some of the innovations in data collection and new technologies that they may have carried out on commercial and other kinds of studies, and also to invite them to discuss with us strategic issues facing longitudinal studies in the UK. All of the responded positively and these meetings were held in Summer 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Mental health and wellbeing in the millennial generations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science, CLS hosted a breakfast seminar focused on mental health and wellbeing. Emla Fitzsimons, Praveetha Patalay and Morag Henderson presented recent research from MCS and Next Steps covering the state of mental health wellbeing among the two generations. The seminar concluded with a discussion of the findings led by Louise Arseneault. The session was aimed mainly at policymakers and third sector organisations. Of the 10 evaluations received, 90% rated the event as 'Very' interesting and 80% rated it as 'Very' educational. When asked if they would use what they learnt in their own work, 40% 'Strongly Agreed' while 60% 'Agreed'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/Conference.aspx?itemid=4648&itemTitle=Mental+health+and+wellbeing+in+the+mi...
 
Description NCDS 60th Birthday Celebration Conference: Presenting "'First in the family' university graduates in England " 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The work presented explores the characteristics of a recent generation of 'first in the family' (FiF) university graduates in England using a nationally representative dataset, Next Steps to provide the first comprehensive, descriptive statistics on this group. We identify the proportion of FiF young people at age 25 as compared to their peers who either match their parent's education level (either with degree or without degree) or are downwardly mobile, meaning their parent(s) has a university degree, but they do not. Our results show that that 24 per cent of young people aged 25 in 2015 in England are FiF, comprising nearly two-thirds of all university graduates of this cohort. Comparing groups with no parental higher education we find that ethnic minorities and those with higher levels of prior attainment are more likely to be FiF, and that those who are FiF are more likely to study Law, Economics and Management and less likely to study other Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities than those who are not FiF students. We find evidence that university type varies by FIF status, so too does dropout, where FiF students are at greater risk of dropout, once prior attainment, individual characteristics and socio-economic status are taken into account. Implications for these findings are discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/CLScohorts/status/917426681236901889
 
Description Next Steps participant-facing website and social media 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact CLS designed and built a participant-facing website for Next Steps study members. The purpose of the website is to provide feedback to study members on the findings and impact of the study, as well as to provide important information about upcoming surveys and how they can update their contact details. Study members can also access any information that has been sent to them by post, the study's other main communication channel. An animated video, interactive study timeline and infographics of descriptive statistics were developed to provide a more engaging way of providing the information to study members. CLS also set up a Facebook page and Twitter account to engage with study members via social media. Quarterly social media campaigns will begin in 2017 to update cohort members on recent findings from the study, and encourage them to update their contact details.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.nextstepsstudy.org.uk
 
Description Paper presentation at BERA Newcastle conference 10-12 September 2018: 'First in the family' university graduates in England: The Next Steps Generation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This paper explores the characteristics of a recent generation of 'first in the family' (FiF) university graduates in England using a nationally representative dataset, Next Steps to provide the first comprehensive, descriptive statistics on this group. We identify the proportion of FiF young people at age 25 as compared to their peers who either match their parent's education level (either with degree or without degree) or are downwardly mobile, meaning their parent(s) has a university degree, but they do not. Our results show that that 24 per cent of young people aged 25 in 2015 in England are FiF, comprising nearly two-thirds of all university graduates of this cohort. Comparing groups with no parental higher education we find that ethnic minorities and those with higher levels of prior attainment are more likely to be FiF, and that those who are FiF are more likely to study Law, Economics and Management and less likely to study other Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities than those who are not FiF students. We find evidence that university type varies by FIF status, so too does dropout, where FiF students are at greater risk of dropout, once prior attainment, individual characteristics and socio-economic status are taken into account. Implications for these findings are discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bera.ac.uk/
 
Description Paper presentation at SLLS Milan conference 9-11 July 2018: 'First in the family' university graduates in England: The Next Steps Generation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This paper explores the characteristics of a recent generation of 'first in the family' (FiF) university graduates in England using a nationally representative dataset, Next Steps to provide the first comprehensive, descriptive statistics on this group. We identify the proportion of FiF young people at age 25 as compared to their peers who either match their parent's education level (either with degree or without degree) or are downwardly mobile, meaning their parent(s) has a university degree, but they do not. Our results show that that 24 per cent of young people aged 25 in 2015 in England are FiF, comprising nearly two-thirds of all university graduates of this cohort. Comparing groups with no parental higher education we find that ethnic minorities and those with higher levels of prior attainment are more likely to be FiF, and that those who are FiF are more likely to study Law, Economics and Management and less likely to study other Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities than those who are not FiF students. We find evidence that university type varies by FIF status, so too does dropout, where FiF students are at greater risk of dropout, once prior attainment, individual characteristics and socio-economic status are taken into account. Implications for these findings are discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.slls.org.uk
 
Description Participant mailing: Next Steps annual engagement mailing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact In June 2018, CLS sent its annual engagement mailing to Next Steps study members. The update included findings from the study on the connection between sleep and obesity, GCSE subject choice and girls' likelihood of staying in school, and the relationship between zero-hours contracts and health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://nextstepsstudy.org.uk/resources/
 
Description Participating in Resolution Foundation's study on Exploring Inequalities-igniting research to better inform UK policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Alissa Goodman is participating in a UCL Resolution Foundation project combining research and evidence on inequality in the UK to lead to informed and joined-up policy making, coordinated by the Resolution Foundation between February - September 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Participation with Prospective Studies Engagement Group and ALSPAC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Alissa Goodman is member of a new Prospective Studies Engagement Group (PSEG), run by ALSPAC, bringing together experts in the field of cohort engagement to explore the most effective ways of engaging with study participants involved in longitudinal population studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at British Academy Event hosted by Dr Shure on "'First in the family' university graduates in England: The Next Steps Generation", 20 Sept 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This paper explores the characteristics of a recent generation of 'first in the family' (FiF) university graduates in England using a nationally representative dataset, Next Steps to provide the first comprehensive, descriptive statistics on this group. We identify the proportion of FiF young people at age 25 as compared to their peers who either match their parent's education level (either with degree or without degree) or are downwardly mobile, meaning their parent(s) has a university degree, but they do not. Our results show that that 24 per cent of young people aged 25 in 2015 in England are FiF, comprising nearly two-thirds of all university graduates of this cohort. Comparing groups with no parental higher education we find that ethnic minorities and those with higher levels of prior attainment are more likely to be FiF, and that those who are FiF are more likely to study Law, Economics and Management and less likely to study other Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities than those who are not FiF students. We find evidence that university type varies by FIF status, so too does dropout, where FiF students are at greater risk of dropout, once prior attainment, individual characteristics and socio-economic status are taken into account. Implications for these findings are discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/events/2018/sep/path-higher-education-socioeconomic-disadvantage-plans-and...
 
Description Presentation at Columbia University on "'First in the family' university graduates in England: The Next Steps Generation" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Jane Waldfogel hosted this presentation on 12 April 2018. This paper explores the characteristics of a recent generation of 'first in the family' (FiF) university graduates in England using a nationally representative dataset, Next Steps to provide the first comprehensive, descriptive statistics on this group. We identify the proportion of FiF young people at age 25 as compared to their peers who either match their parent's education level (either with degree or without degree) or are downwardly mobile, meaning their parent(s) has a university degree, but they do not. Our results show that that 24 per cent of young people aged 25 in 2015 in England are FiF, comprising nearly two-thirds of all university graduates of this cohort. Comparing groups with no parental higher education we find that ethnic minorities and those with higher levels of prior attainment are more likely to be FiF, and that those who are FiF are more likely to study Law, Economics and Management and less likely to study other Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities than those who are not FiF students. We find evidence that university type varies by FIF status, so too does dropout, where FiF students are at greater risk of dropout, once prior attainment, individual characteristics and socio-economic status are taken into account. Implications for these findings are discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.columbia.edu/
 
Description Presentation at Edinburgh University hosted by Prof Iannelli on "From adolescence to early adulthood: longitudinal analysis of probable mental ill health", 5-6 June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Despite an increase in living standards and material comforts in industrialised societies, today's 'emerging adults' (aged from late teens to mid-to-late 20s) face greater challenges than ever before. The aim of this paper is to explore the relationship between labour market status and mental health for the 'millennial generation' in England, and whether it varies by gender and ethnicity. This study will be the first to draw on the results from the 2015 sweep of Next Steps data when the sample members are aged 25 and, together with the previous seven sweeps, bring the debate up to date by providing first estimates of the life condition of contemporary emerging adults. We find black and minority ethnic groups have lower odds of reporting mental ill-health at age 25 than the white group. With respect to labour market status, we find that net of socio-economic characteristics, educational attainment, behavioural variables and income at age 25, those who are unemployed are more than twice as likely to report symptoms of poor mental health as those who are employed. Shift workers and those on zero-hours contracts are also at a greater risk of mental ill-health by 47% and 44% respectively than those who are not shift workers or zero-hours workers. We find no significant difference for those who have a second job or are on a permanent contract for mental health at age 25 compared to those who do not have a second job or are on a temporary contract.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation on 'Curricula, schools and social mobiltiy' at DfE, 7th November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Around 50 civil servants attended this seminar at DfE. The project team (Alice Sullivan, Morag Henderson, Vanessa Moulton, Jake Anders) and Catherine Dilnot presented a summary of findings from the project, as well as Catherine's work (which will appear in a special issue of ORE alongside findings from the project team). Next Steps was the main dataset exploited in this work. The civil servants were very engaged and interested in the findings. Emaline KULASINGHE [mailto:Emaline.KULASINGHE@education.gov.uk] , the organiser of the regular DFE seminar, was keen to encourage us to contact her with other suggestions for seminars.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to New York City University 10th April 2018 : "'First in the family' university graduates in England" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Mary Clare Lennon hosted this presentation at City of New York University. The work presented explores the characteristics of a recent generation of 'first in the family' (FiF) university graduates in England using a nationally representative dataset, Next Steps to provide the first comprehensive, descriptive statistics on this group. We identify the proportion of FiF young people at age 25 as compared to their peers who either match their parent's education level (either with degree or without degree) or are downwardly mobile, meaning their parent(s) has a university degree, but they do not. Our results show that that 24 per cent of young people aged 25 in 2015 in England are FiF, comprising nearly two-thirds of all university graduates of this cohort. Comparing groups with no parental higher education we find that ethnic minorities and those with higher levels of prior attainment are more likely to be FiF, and that those who are FiF are more likely to study Law, Economics and Management and less likely to study other Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities than those who are not FiF students. We find evidence that university type varies by FIF status, so too does dropout, where FiF students are at greater risk of dropout, once prior attainment, individual characteristics and socio-economic status are taken into account. Implications for these findings are discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www2.cuny.edu/
 
Description Press release: Being on a zero-hours contract is bad for your health, new study reveals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A briefing paper, press release and social media content were published to share the Next Steps age 25 findings on economic activity. Young adults who are employed on zero-hours contracts are less likely to be in good health, and are at higher risk of poor mental health than workers with stable jobs. Researchers from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies analysed data on more than 7,700 people living in England who were born in 1989-90 and are being followed by a study called Next Steps. They found that at age 25, people on zero-hours contracts and those who were unemployed were less likely to report feeling healthy, compared to those in more secure employment. Those with zero-hours contracts were also at greater risk of reporting symptoms of psychological distress. This press release was picked up by The Times, The Guardian, Independent, Mirror, Metro, Morning Star, Huffington Post, ITV online news, BBC3 online news, and regional news websites. During Prime Minister's Questions, on July 5th, the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn mentioned the research when debating with Prime Minister, Theresa May. He said: "When Tories talk of tough choices, we know who suffers: the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. Young people employed on zero-hours contracts are more likely to have worse mental and physical health."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/news.aspx?itemid=4623&itemTitle=Being+on+a+zero-hours+contract+is+bad+for+y...
 
Description Press release: LGB bullying 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Bullying does not stop in the playground for lesbian, gay and bisexual young people, study finds

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) young people are more likely than their heterosexual classmates to be bullied throughout secondary school and into adulthood, according to new research.

This press release was based on research using Next Steps.

Key coverage:

London Evening Standard, Mon 9 Nov, pg. 9 (see attached)
Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/11/09/young-gay-people-are-twice-as-likely-to-be-bullied-than-their-straight-peers_n_8505614.html
Western Daily Press http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/8203-Lesbian-gay-bisexual-youngsters-likely/story-28122192-detail/story.html
Diva News http://www.divamag.co.uk/category/news/homophobic-bullying.aspx

A headmaster from Brighton College requested further information after seeing the article in the Evening Standard. He cited the findings in an op-ed piece for the Telegraph, and in his speech for the college's conference on homophobic bullying.


The Headmaster of Brighton College requested more information on the research findings to use in his speech for an upcoming conference on Anti-Homophobia In Schools. The conference is aimed at school leaders, and the other speakers include Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Equalities; Lord Cashman, Labour party spokesman on gay rights; Matthew Parris, the former Conservative MP and now columnist for The Times; William Emery the first public school Head Boy to 'come
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/news.aspx?itemid=4376&itemTitle=Bullying+does+not+stop+in+the+playground+fo...
 
Description Press release: Millennials who chose an apprenticeship over university are just as happy with their lives, study finds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Twenty-somethings who pursued vocational training rather than university report being just as satisfied with their lives, according to new research. Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine examined information on more than 9,500 young people living in England, who were born in 1989-90 and are being followed by a study called Next Steps. They found that there was no 'right way' to transition into adult life. Instead, young people followed a range of viable paths after completing compulsory schooling at age 16.

This press release was picked up by The Times, the Daily Mail, City A.M. and other regional news outlets. It received positive reactions from the Department for Education, including the Chief Scientific Advisor who circulated it to relevant civil servants. The findings and the response from the press and DfE were shared with participants in the annual mailing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/news.aspx?itemid=4563&itemTitle=Millennials+who+chose+an+apprenticeship+ove...
 
Description Press release: Vocational GCSEs may be holding girls back, research suggests 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact This press release covered two CLS working papers, both using Next Steps data. One of the working papers ('Continuing Education Post-16: Does What You Study at GCSE matter?') showed how girls who take 'applied' subjects, such as health and social care or home economics, at GCSE may be facing educational disadvantage as they are less likely to study past A-level and also less likely to take 'facilitating' A-levels favoured by prestigious universities. The other paper highlighted the influence that schools have on pupils' GCSE subject choices, showing how a bright pupil in an academically selective school is more likely to take an academic route than an equally bright pupil in a less selective school. The press release on these two papers secured coverage in the Independent as well as the TES, Schools Week, and a range of regional newspapers. Alice Sullivan, one of the authors of the papers gave an interview to Sky News Radio, which supplies the national and international news, sport, business and entertainment news to almost every commercial radio station in the UK. One of the two papers ('Does What you Study at GCSE Matter') was referenced in a post on the Department for Education Facebook page on 1 March 2018, in support of studying EBacc subjects, including languages: https://www.facebook.com/116423535060106/posts/1590555454313566
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/news.aspx?itemid=4641&itemTitle=Vocational+GCSEs+may+be+holding+girls+back%...
 
Description Restarting Next Steps and Initial Findings, 18th January 2018, Economic and Social Research Institute (Dublin) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact How are millennials faring?: Initial findings from Next Steps. Dr Morag Henderson and Dr Lisa Calderwood. This was an invited talk at the Economic and Social Institute in Dublin . We talked for one hour to an audience of 72 policy makers, researchers and academics. The presentation included content on the process of restarting the first Longitudinal Study of Young People in England at age 25, now referred to as 'Next Steps'. Including a discussion about sample size, attrition, contents of the study and opportunities for research. In addition, initial results were presented on mental health 'From adolescence to early adulthood: longitudinal analysis of probable mental ill health'. This analysis made use of the new age 25 data from the Next Steps cohort of young people born in 1989/1990. This presentation explored mental ill health longitudinally and will examine correlates of adolescent mental ill health (at age 14 and 16) and their association with mental ill health at age 25. It also identified the correlates of recovery from adolescent mental ill health and explored what predicts prolonged incidence of mental ill health symptoms and 'recovery'. Moreover the question of how adolescent mental ill health is associated with social outcomes at age 25 was addressed, including labour market outcomes, life satisfaction, family formation and drug use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Round table meeting with hosted by National Centre for Longitudinal Data/ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A round table day-long meeting hosted by with National Centre for Longitudinal Data/ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods with Australian Departments of Social Services, Education, Health, Defence and Veterans Affairs, and Australian Bureau of Statistics. The main purpose of the meeting was for me to share experience and expertise from running the CLS cohort studies with key stakeholders in Longitudinal Studies in Australia and this included funders, policy-makers, study teams, academic users and survey organisations. I gave a presentation covering how we have approached challenges including data linkage, mixed-mode, impact on the CLS studies, and answers questions from participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Royal Economic Society Conference Brightn 27th March 2018: "'First in the family' university graduates in England" Special Higher Education Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The work presented at RES explores the characteristics of a recent generation of 'first in the family' (FiF) university graduates in England using a nationally representative dataset, Next Steps to provide the first comprehensive, descriptive statistics on this group. We identify the proportion of FiF young people at age 25 as compared to their peers who either match their parent's education level (either with degree or without degree) or are downwardly mobile, meaning their parent(s) has a university degree, but they do not. Our results show that that 24 per cent of young people aged 25 in 2015 in England are FiF, comprising nearly two-thirds of all university graduates of this cohort. Comparing groups with no parental higher education we find that ethnic minorities and those with higher levels of prior attainment are more likely to be FiF, and that those who are FiF are more likely to study Law, Economics and Management and less likely to study other Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities than those who are not FiF students. We find evidence that university type varies by FIF status, so too does dropout, where FiF students are at greater risk of dropout, once prior attainment, individual characteristics and socio-economic status are taken into account. Implications for these findings are discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.res.org.uk/event-listing/annual-conference.html
 
Description SLLS Conference presentation: 18th-21st October 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact I gave a conference presentation at the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies which was well attended by CLS staff on the subject of Subject Choice. There was considerable discussion afterwards and from this we started to form a research group on the topic of Subject Choice bringing together international researchers who are working in this field.

The abstract follows:

In this paper we identify patterns of subject and qualification choices made at age 14. Most past research on 'subject choice' has focused on the later stages of educational trajectories, particularly Higher Education. However, the choices made at early branching points can limit pupils' subsequent options, potentially contributing to educational inequalities. This paper identifies the patterns of General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) subjects chosen by a cohort of young people born in 1989/1990. We make use of the Next Steps data (formerly the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE)) which is linked to the National Pupil Database. We develop an approach to measuring the academic selectivity of subjects and qualifications. We examine the roles of social class, parental education, income, gender and ethnicity in determining participation in these curriculum groupings. We also examine the role of the intersections of these variables, for example, the different role of gender for working and middle class youth. Using measures of prior attainment measured at age thirteen, we address the question of whether curriculum differentials simply reflect differences in prior attainment or whether they actually exacerbate inequalities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.slls.org.uk/#!call-for-papers/c11p2
 
Description SLLS Workshop 2017: An Introduction to the Next Steps Age 25 Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to the Age 25 Next Steps data and demonstrating its longitudinal power.
Next Steps (previously known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England) is a major national cohort study following the generation born in 1989/1990. It fills the 30-year gap in the UK's national cohort study series between the 1970 British Cohort Study and the Millennium Cohort Study and provides multi-disciplinary longitudinal data for a large-scale and nationally representative probability sample of young adults.
The age 25 survey took place in 2015/2016 and collected detailed information about the lives of young adults growing up in Britain today and in particular on transitions out of education and into early adult life. The data can be used to examine a broad range of research questions relating to higher education, employment, housing and family formation, and mental and physical health.
After giving some background to the dataset, the sample design and content will be discussed alongside strategies for dealing with attrition and weights. Methods of accessing the data will be highlighted and initial findings examining health, mental health, diet, physical activity and economic activity will be covered. More specifically the format of the workshop will be: Objectives; Funding; Sample Design; Content; Initial Findings; Response & Attrition; Sampling and Non-response weights; Data Access (UKDS) and Documentation; Understanding the data; Recoding variables; Deriving variables cross-sectionall; Linking data longitudinally; Deriving variables longitudinally
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Seminar at Australian National University (ANU) Centre for Social Research Methods 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a seminar on 'How are millennials faring? Next Steps at age 25: survey implementation and initial findings' to Australian National University (ANU) Centre for Social Research Methods
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar at Social Research Centre, Melbourne 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a staff seminar on 'methodological innovations in the UK cohort studies' at the Social Research Centre, Melbourne. This is a independent survey research organisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar at University of Auckland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a seminar on 'Methodological Innovations in the UK cohorts' at the University of Auckland, arranged by the Growing Up in New Zealand study team
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Social Justice Expert Steering Group, Department for Work and Pensions (8th December) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I took part in this day of discussion about the research output using the cohort studies related to Social Justice. We reviewed the government research led by Paul March, Social Justice Lead Analyst on Children, Families and Disadvantage and gave comments and suggestions for improvement. We discussed the salient isuses and helped to make decisions about the future of the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions
 
Description Webinar: Introduction to Next Steps and the Age 25 Survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This webinar introduced Next Steps to both first-time and more experienced users. It focused on the newly-available data from the age 25 survey. It gave attendees the opportunity to learn about the Next Steps sample, how to access the data and what content had been included in the most recent Age 25 Survey. Attendees also had the chance to ask the speakers questions about the data. There were 47 people registered for this webinar. The session was split into four sections and individual recordings uploaded to Youtube. As of 12 February 2018, the four videos have been viewed 82 times altogether.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/Conference.aspx?itemid=4611&itemTitle=Webinar%3a+Introduction+to+Next+Steps...
 
Description Website: Next Steps participant-facing website and social media 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact CLS designed and built a participant-facing website for Next Steps study members. The purpose of the website is to provide feedback to study members on the findings and impact of the study, as well as to provide important information about upcoming surveys and how they can update their contact details. Study members can also access any information that has been sent to them by post, the study's other main communication channel. An animated video and interactive study timeline were developed to provide a more engaging way of providing the information to study members. To date the site has had 3,239 visitors and 10,397 unique pageviews.

CLS also set up a Facebook page and Twitter account to engage with study members via social media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.nextstepsstudy.org.uk
 
Description Young people's subject choice: influences and impact 29th November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This seminar, chaired by Professor Anna Vignoles, a Nuffield Foundation Trustee and Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge, will bring together findings from three Nuffield-funded studies which have been investigating subject choice in school, what influences the students' decisions and the impacts these have on their access to higher education.
1. Subject choice at 14- options, decisions and their influence in access to higher education - can studying certain combinations of subjects at 14-16 narrow inequalities in access to university? Read more
Jake Anders, Senior Research Fellow in Education, Evaluation and Inequality, UCL Institute of Education
2. What can we learn from studies of pairs of twins about subject and other study choices? Read more
Kathryn Asbury, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the MSc Psychology in Education, University of York
3. Does providing young people with information about future earnings influence post-16 subject choices? Read more
Peter Davies, Professor of Education, University of Birmingham
A panel including The Rt Hon. David Laws, Executive Chairman of the Education Policy Institute, and, Professor Cristina Iannelli, Institute for Education, Community and Society at the University of Edinburgh, will discuss the findings and their implications for policy and practice and will explore how different types of evidence can help us think through the issues surrounding subject choice at school.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017