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Next Steps Age 31 Sweep – first draft questionnaire

20 August 2020

CLS is seeking input on the first draft questionnaire of the Age 31 Sweep of Next Steps, a longitudinal cohort study following 16,000 people born in England in 1989-1990.

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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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First generation university students need more guidance navigating education system

12 August 2020

Young people who are the first in their family to go to university are less likely to attend an elite institution and are more likely to drop out than those with graduate parents, according to new research led by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

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Hours worked dropped by 40% in lockdown

30 July 2020

The number of hours worked in Britain dropped significantly in lockdown, with mothers most likely to sacrifice work for home schooling and developmental play, according to new research from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).

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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Childhood educational inequalities

21 May 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – Few pieces of longitudinal research have had such an impact on government policy as Leon Feinstein’s analysis of BCS70, which examined the links between family background and children’s cognitive development.

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Research round-up – January to March 2020

1 May 2020

How much does one’s family background influence their midlife wellbeing? And, what effect does technology engagement have on teenage sleep? What is the psychological impact of having to work part-time when full-time jobs are not available? And, how important is cognitive ability in helping people climb the social ladder?

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Economic upheaval of 1980s linked to criminal behaviour among Generation X

31 March 2020

Members of Generation X who lived in Britain’s declining industrial heartlands in the 1980s were more likely to play truant during their school years and to be involved in crime as adults, compared to those who grew up in more advantaged areas.

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Research round-up – October to December 2019

10 February 2020

Are boys more sensitive to the state of the local job market when choosing their GCSE subjects? And why are migrant and ethnic minority mothers at increased risk of mental ill health? Researchers have been using CLS study data to tackle these and other key questions.

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Linked education data open up new opportunities for study of millennial generation

23 January 2020

Researchers can now access enhanced linked educational records for Next Steps, including GCSE and A-level exam results, and vocational education records.

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Rich resources of private schools give pupils advantage at A level, new research shows

7 November 2019

Pupils in private school sixth forms tend to get better A level results than similar pupils in state schools, according to a new study.

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How much does private schooling raise your pay, and does it make you give more to the community?

6 November 2019

Professor Francis Green, of the UCL Institute of Education, uses Next Steps data to examine the financial rewards of a private school education and asks whether these schools provide a ‘public benefit’.

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Children’s radio show interviews CLS researcher about childhood aspirations study

5 November 2019

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Well, CLS researcher, Dr Sam Parsons was asked to think back to her childhood aspirations when she appeared on a children’s social science radio programme this weekend (2 November).

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