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Key data

Whilst there is a wealth of data on education, a number of studies are regarded as 'key' – either through their subject/geographical coverage, their use of standard measures, their longevity, their usage among the research community or because they are used to create 'official' figures.

The majority of the data described are known as 'raw', 'primary' or 'source' data in the sense that they represent information that has been collected 'first-hand'; they are original data sources which may then be used for 'secondary' analysis by researchers not involved in the data collection process. The majority of these data are anonymised because they describe the attitudes, behaviour, circumstances and personal details of the individuals being studied. These types of data are heavily used by the academic and government research communities.

The UK Data Service provides access to the following primary data sources:

Study name Coverage Topics

1968: a Student Generation in Revolt, 1945-1985

1945 - 1985; Great Britain and Northern Ireland political action
education
universities
youth culture
Africa Development Indicators 53 countries and
5 regional country groups
running from 1960
onwards
school enrolment
educational attainment
pupil-teacher ratio
completion rates
repetition rates
trained teachers
literacy rates
expenditure

1970 British Cohort Study

1970-continuing; Great Britain child development
education
youth
health employment

British Social Attitudes Survey

1983-ongoing; Great Britain, adults education
spending on education

Census aggregate data

1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011: England, Wales and Scotland
1991, 2001, 2011: Northern Ireland
Data available at many geographical levels (e.g. county, district, ward, output area). Availability of topics and categories vary by census, country and geographical level

qualifications
student accommodation
economic activity
qualified manpower

 

Discourse of the School Dinners Debate, 2004-2008

2004-2008; Lancaster, London,
Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire,
Lancashire

educational welfare
educational catering
nutrition
school meals

Educational Strategies of the Black Middle Classes, 2009

2000; United Kingdom
62 self-identifying Black Caribbean-heritage parents in professional middle class jobs
education
racism
schoolchildren
parent-school relationship
General Lifestyle Survey series (previously known as General Household Survey) 1971-2006; adults in Great Britain household information
employment
education
health
income
Growing Up in Scotland 2005- continuing; Scotland child development
education
youth
social attitudes and behaviour

Integrated Household Survey

2009-ongoing; adults in the United Kingdom 

economic activity
education
health
disability
identity
income

International Students' Intercultural Experiences: a Comparative Study, 2006-2008

2006-2008; United Kingdom educational background
higher education
further education
teaching methods
educational migration

Learning Cultures in Community-Based Education in Scotland, 2003-2006

2003-2006; 76 interview transcripts (50 learners and 26 staff). academic achievement
educational courses
quality of education
learning methods
Longitudinal Study of Young People in England 2004-2010; England education
youth
social attitudes and behaviour
school leaving
Millennium Cohort Study 2000-continuing; United Kingdom child development
education
National Child Development Study 1958-continuing; Great Britain child development
education
youth
health employment
OECD Education Statistics 1985 onwards; approximately 50 countries

educational institutions
education structure
education policy
economic outcomes
social outcomes
learning and training
OECD International Migration Statistics 1975 onwards; 39 countries

country of residence
country of birth
educational attainment
age
gender
field of study
Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (formerly ONS Opinions or Omnibus Survey) 1990-ongoing; Great Britain basic demographics
educational background
education
teachers
students
Quarterly Labour Force Survey Quarterly from 1992; United Kingdom employment
household information
education
health
Registered Teachers in England, September 2011 teachers working in England at 30 September 2011 registration category
gender
age
schools
teachers
Skills and Employment Surveys Series Dataset, 1986, 1992, 1997, 2001, 2006 and 2012 1986-2012; Great Britain/United Kingdom skills at work
quality of work
training
skills development
Skills for Life Survey, 2011 and 2003 2003, 2011; adults in England basic skills assessments
literacy
numeracy
ICT
UNESCO Education Statistics Over 1600 indicators for 290+ countries/territories from 1970 onwards educational attainment
enrolment
completion
literacy
entry
participation
adult education
Wellcome Trust Monitor 1 and 2 2009, 2012; adults aged 18 and over, and young people aged 14-18; United Kingdom interest in science
science in schools
science as a career
World Bank World Development
Indicators
over 200 countries and
18 country groups
running from 1960
onwards
school enrolment
educational attainment
pupil-teacher ratio
completion rates
repetition rates
trained teachers
literacy rates
expenditure
Young Lives: an International Study of Childhood Poverty 2002-continuing; Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam child development
health
education
inequality
youth
gender roles
Youth Cohort Study 1985-2010; England and Wales education
youth
social attitudes and behaviour
school leaving

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National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)

UK Statistics Authority

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