Welcome to Next Steps (LSYPE)

Principal Investigator: Dr Lisa Calderwood

Next Steps, previously known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE), follows the lives of around 16,000 people born in 1989-90. The study began in 2004, when the cohort members were aged 13-14, and has collected information about their education and employment, economic circumstances, family life, physical and emotional health and wellbeing, social participation and attitudes. The Next Steps data has also been linked to National Pupil Database (NPD) records, which include the cohort members’ individual scores at Key Stage 2, 3 and 4.

Next Steps is managed by CLS and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The study was previously managed and funded by the Department for Education (2004-2012). 

The surveys 

The initial Next Steps survey was in 2004 and included all young people in Year 9 who attended state and independent schools in England. Following the initial survey at age 13-14, the cohort members were visited every year until 2010, when they were age 19-20. The next survey is currently taking place in 2015/16, when the cohort members are 25 years old.  

Accessing the data

The data for all Next Steps waves are available from the UK Data Service. Users seeking access to controlled data must do so via UK Data Service Secure Access. This includes the National Pupil Database (NPD) Reduced file.

We are currently collecting data for the eighth wave of Next Steps at age 25. We expect fieldwork to be finalised in the summer of 2016 and expect to release the data in spring 2017.

Contact us

For queries and data support for Next Steps, please contact clsfeedback@ioe.ac.uk.  

If you have specific questions about downloading the data, please contact the UK Data Service.