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Newly released data available for study of millennial generation

26 August 2020

Newly released survey variables for Next Steps sweeps 1-7 (ages 14-20) are now available to download from the UK Data Service under the standard End User Licence (EUL).

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BAME millennials at greater risk of being in unstable employment

2 March 2020

Millennials from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are 47% more likely to be on a zero-hours contract, and have 10% greater odds of working a second job, compared to their White peers, according to a new report from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Carnegie UK Trust, and Operation Black Vote.

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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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Academic self-belief helps to raise pupils’ GCSE grades, new study finds

22 May 2019

Young people of all academic abilities are more likely to fare better in their GCSE exams if they have confidence in their school work, new research shows.

Longitudinal data across the life course: an introduction to using cohort data

29 March 2019

Held at the University of Edinburgh, this workshop gave both first-time and more experienced data users an insight into four of the UK’s internationally-renowned cohort studies run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS). The slides from this workshop are available to download from this page.

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Girls who play video games more likely to study STEM degrees, new research finds

18 October 2018

Girls who are avid gamers are three times more likely to study physical science, technology, engineering and maths (PSTEM) degrees at university, compared to non-gamers.

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School subject choice at age 14 has minimal bearing on chances of university attendance, study shows

7 February 2018

Pupils taking the ‘EBacc’ curriculum are only slightly more likely than their peers to go to university, according to a new study.

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Less advantaged students not as likely to choose subjects they enjoy, new study finds

10 November 2017

Students whose parents had only GCSE qualifications were found to be less likely to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, when compared to students whose parents had a degree.

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‘Aim higher’ is an effective message from teachers, study finds

5 September 2017

Students encouraged by their teachers to stay on in education are more likely to do A-levels and apply to university, according to findings from Next Steps.

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Academic ability linked to cannabis use in adolescence, study finds

28 April 2017

Children who perform well at school at age 11 are more likely to use cannabis during their late teenage years, compared to those who show less academic promise.

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