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Initial findings from the Millennium Cohort Study Age 11 Sweep

20 November 2014

The fifth MCS survey took place during 2012 when participants were aged 11. Our initial findings from the age 11 survey cover a range of themes, from family structure to child cognitive development.

Parenting and contact before and after separation

30 September 2014

This research project analysed data from the first four surveys of the Millennium Cohort Study, at ages 9 months, 3 years, 5 years, 7 years and 11 years. It looked specifically at factors related to parents’ contact with their children after separation, and how separation affects parenting activities and capabilities.


How can we ensure the accuracy of children’s survey responses?

3 December 2013

New research from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) has tested how children’s responses to surveys are affected by the way the questions are asked.


Most 11-year-olds today are happy with their lives

14 November 2013

More than half of children aged 11 say they are ‘completely happy’ with their lives, according to new findings from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). Researchers analysed information given by more than 13,000 cohort members, who were born across the UK in 2000-2001. In the most recent survey at age 11, the children were asked […]


Poor attainment of summer-born pupils limits their options for higher education, study suggests

10 May 2013

August-born pupils achieve worse exam results, on average, than children born in September, simply because they are 11 months younger when they sit national achievement tests, a new study finds. Researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) analysed data from the Millennium Cohort Study, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, the Labour […]


MCS5 Consultative Conference: Shaping the Age 11 Survey

26 July 2010

A successful consultative conference was held at the Institute of Education in 21st July 2010 to inform the content of the next sweep of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). The next sweep, taking place in 2012, will collect data from around 14,000 11-year olds in their final year of primary school.

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