The Age 10 Sweep aimed to examine mid-childhood health, care, education, social and family circumstances.
Health visitors went to the homes of cohort members and conducted interviews with parents (mothers in most cases), who were also asked to complete a paper questionnaire. Parents were asked about family composition, housing, employment, income, cohort member’s health and family health, child behaviour, leisure activities and child care arrangements.
Cohort members completed a questionnaire that asked about school, smoking and diet.
A range of assessments were completed by cohort members: Shortened Edinburgh Reading Test, Friendly Maths Test, Spelling Dictation Task, Pictorial Language Comprehension Test, BAS Verbal Ability, BAS Non-Verbal Ability.
A medical assessment took place with cohort members which involved measurements of height, weight, head circumference, blood pressure, pulse, vision, hearing and co-ordination.
Questionnaires were also completed by class teachers and head teachers. Head teachers provided information about the characteristics of the schools attended, and the class teacher questionnaire focused on ability, behaviour and attendance.
A ‘Special Educational Pack’ was prepared, which included a set of alternative assessments for those who would have been unlikely to be able to complete the standard assessments. This pack was completed by 456 cases and the data is available via the UK Data Service [SN 7064].