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Missing data in the Second Longitudinal Study of Young People in England

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The second Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE2) is running between 2013 and 2020. 13,000 young people and their parents are interviewed annually, staring in School Year 9 (age 13/14).

The aims of LSYPE2 are to:

  • follow a sample of young people through the final years of compulsory education;
  • follow their transition from compulsory education to other forms of education, training, employment and other activities;
  • collect information about their career paths and about the factors affecting them; and
  • provide a strategic evidence base about the lives and experiences of young people.

The LSYPE2 cohort reached Key Stage 2 (KS2) in the year some schools boycotted the tests. In 2010, 15,518 maintained schools were expected to administer KS2 tests but 4,005 (26%) did not. In the LSYPE2 sample, this figure is approximately 28%.

In addition, we have missing KS2 data because consent to link NPD with LSYPE2 data was not given (approx. 7.5% of the sample).

KS2 data is important for meeting the aims of LSYPE2 both in terms of looking at factors that can affect young people, and as an integral part of a strategic evidence base. Without the KS2 data, analysts may be discouraged from using the data, or draw incorrect conclusions.

  • In order to meet the above aims of LSYPE2, this missing data project aims to:
    Improve the quality of the dataset, by using the most appropriate
    methodology to impute missing data
  • Ensure that a range of users with varying technical abilities are able to
    use the dataset accurately

Deadline for expressions of interest: 4 November

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Author: Michael Daw

When working for Manchester Met University, I'm responsible for facilitating strategic relationships with businesses and other external organisations. When doing Transition New Mills, I'm on the Steering Committee and facilitating the Energy Action Group.

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