Next Steps Age 14 Sweep

Sweep details

Dates March 2004 - October 2004
Age 14
Achieved sample 15,770 (cohort members)
Respondents Cohort members, parents
Fieldwork agency BMRB, GFK-NOP and Ipsos-Mori
Survey mode Face to face
Data access

Dataset available via the UK Data Service [SN 5545]. Visit the UK Data Service to access the data.


The study began in 2004 with cohort members in Year 9 who attended state and independent schools in England.

The study aimed to map cohort members’ journeys from compulsory schooling to university, training and, ultimately, entry into the labour market. The early survey sweeps, and in particular sweeps 1 to 4, were mainly focused on educational experiences, attitudes to school and involvement in education, expectations and aspirations. It also collected information on other aspects of cohort members’ lives such as risky-, crime- and anti-social behaviours, and health.

Interviews were conducted face-to-face, and parents were interviewed as well as young people.

The study was funded and managed by the Department for Education (DfE) at Sweep 1


  • User guides
  • Questionnaires
  • Technical reports
  • Data notes
  • Additional
User guides

Next Steps Sweeps 1-7 User Guide

This user guide contains updated information relating to survey content on deposited data for sweeps 1 to 7 (ages 14-20) and sets out the changes to the Next Steps datasets held under EUL and SA at the UKDS. This document should be used alongside the main user guide LSYPE User Guide Waves One to Seven (Chapter 5).

Date published: 18/08/2020
PDF: 412,19 KB


Next Steps User Guide to the Linked National Pupil Database (NPD) KS4 and KS5 Datasets

This user guide accompanies the datasets linking education data (Key Stage 4 and 5) to the records of Next Steps participants based in England.

Date published: 22/01/2020
PDF: 333,7 KB


Next Steps Linked Student Loans Company Administrative Datasets – User Guide

This guide describes the data linkage of student loans data from the Student Loans Company (SLC) to survey data for cohort members in Next Steps.

Date published: 18/10/2021
PDF: 267,71 KB


LSYPE Wave 1-7 Questionnaire Summary

Summary of Content of Waves 1-7 of LSYPE grouped by proposed themes for Next Steps 8 Survey

Date published: 30/07/2017
PDF: 316,62 KB

Technical reports

No material of this type is available.

Data notes

No material of this type is available.


LSYPE Waves 1-7 Response Rates

Table of Survey response rates for sweeps 1-7 of LSYPE

Date published: 30/07/2014
PDF: 87,03 KB

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