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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Making the case for better support for school leavers

22 October 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – The 1970 British Cohort Study highlighted how periods of being out of education, employment or training after leaving school can impact on young people’s lives

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1970 British Cohort Study Age 26 Sweep – Views and values

15 October 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – The Age 26 Sweep was the first adult follow-up of BCS70, and over 9,000 cohort members took part.

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1970 British Cohort Study – Life stories – Gillian

8 October 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – With five decades of invaluable service to British science and society, what has it been like for our 1970 British Cohort Study members to take part in the study? This week we speak to Gillian.

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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Adult basic skills

1 October 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – BCS70 findings on adult numeracy and literacy helped to kickstart a series of government education initiatives that would improve the basic skills of millions of British adults during the 2000s.

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1970 British Cohort Study Age 21 Sub Study – first steps into adulthood

24 September 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – The Age 21 Sub Study was conducted with a 10% representative sample of cohort members from across Britain. It collected valuable information about levels of literacy and numeracy among young adults in Britain.

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Coming of age in the 1980s – an animated tour

17 September 2020

So, we’ve reached the end of our look back at BCS70 through the 1980s. Here’s an animated tour of the decade that brought us curly perms and synthpop, Thatcher and JR Ewing.

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1970 British Cohort Study – Life stories – Claire

10 September 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – With five decades of invaluable service to British science and society, what has it been like for our 1970 British Cohort Study members to take part in the study? This week we speak to Claire.

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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Age 16 Sweep

3 September 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – Cohort members who had often read for pleasure made more progress in English, but also in maths, between the ages of 10 and 16, compared to those who had rarely read.

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1970 British Cohort Study Age 16 Sweep – Dietary diaries

27 August 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – During the Age 16 Sweep study members were given a 4-day dietary diary to complete. Analysed alongside dietary data from later sweeps, this information may help us to understand adult eating patterns, and health outcomes such as obesity and diabetes.

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1970 British Cohort Study – Life stories – James

20 August 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – With five decades of invaluable service to British science and society, what has it been like for our 1970 British Cohort Study members to take part in the study? This week we speak to James. 

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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Age 10 Sweep

13 August 2020

Data from the 1970 British Cohort Study has revealed that parents’ interest in children’s education has long lasting benefits. 

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1970 British Cohort Study Age 10 Sweep – Medical assessment

6 August 2020

The Age 10 Sweep included measures of height, weight, head circumference, blood pressure, pulse, vision and hearing. Most of these measures were then repeated at age 16 and several were repeated in the Age 46 Sweep. This allows researchers to study trajectories of health from childhood into adulthood and how these are affected by other circumstances and behaviours throughout life.

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