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Data Note 2012/1: Geographical data and the CLS cohort studies

Author:   SHEPHERD, P


This document outlines information on different geographies available for the National Child Development Study (NCDS), the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) and the Millennium Cohort Study, which might be used for the study of, for example, migration histories; and national, regional and other differences.

Date published:   14/06/2012

Date posted:   14/06/2012

MCS Data Note 1: The home learning environment as measured in the MCS at age 3

Author:   de la Rochebrochard, E.


This data note provides detail on the questions and general findings relating to the home learning environment index (HLE index) in the MCS age 3 survey. In 2008, Melhuish et al. investigated the influence of aspects of home environment on literacy and numeracy achievement at two points: school entry and the end of the third year of school. Six of the seven activities used in their HLE index were collected during the MCS age 3 survey.

Date published:   25/07/2012

Date posted:   25/07/2012

MCS data note 2013/1: Interpreting test scores

Author:   Roxanne Connelly


This data note presents an overview of the MCS variables covering performance on standardised tests in sweep two (age 3), sweep three (age 5) and sweep four (age7) of the survey and aims to aid the analyst in successfully utilising these measures in their research. Three suites of tests are described: The British Ability Scales (used at sweeps 2, 3 and 4), The Bracken School Readiness Assessment and the NFER Progress in Maths Test.

Date published:   23/09/2013

Date posted:   23/09/2013

BCS70 data note: Research on health and health behaviours based on the 1970 British Cohort Study

Author:   Samantha Parsons, Alice Sullivan, Matt Brown


This review covers research using information from the childhood waves of BCS70 (birth to 16 years) as either health outcomes or as predictors of later health outcomes. This paper will serve as a useful entry point for researchers investigating the extant literature on health using BCS70 data.

Date published:   21/10/2013

Date posted:   21/10/2013