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Information on Educational Attainment and Sample Size

Added by Carla Cebula about 7 years ago. Updated about 7 years ago.

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Having looked over your website, it would seem that there is a wide range of family characteristics as well as information on parenting style and parent-child relationships. It also seems that you have been able to link to educational data, is this the case? As I am interested in educational outcomes at secondary school is this included or just Key Stage data? If secondary education data is or can be linked, what is the rough sample size?
Secondly, having downloaded the data from UKDA the youth questionnaire only seems to be undertaken by those less than 16 (too young to have undertaken secondary school exams). So is there no youth information for those who have educational attainment assigned as they were too old to complete the youth questionnaire?
I am a PhD researcher looking at neighbourhood effects and educational attainment so the ideal data would include information on parent-child relationships, family characteristics, child attitudes and aspirations, educational attainment and geographic identifier.
Thanks for your help.


Updated by Victoria Nolan about 7 years ago

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Dear Carla,

Apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

Yes, educational data (English National Pupil Database) has been linked to consenting children and young adults, see:

In the green box you will find a link to the user manual which gives information about the data that was linked (in secondary school this would be Key Stage 3 and 4 data, but as you will see we have outcomes throughout school) and gives sample sizes as well.

The Youth Questionnaire is filled in by children aged 10-15, during this age-span the children take Key Stage 2 and 3 tests, and the information can of course also be linked to future Key Stage 4 outcomes, at age 16.

In Understanding Society you should be able to find all the information you need for your project.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch again if you would like any further help.
Best wishes, Victoria.


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