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In the 1970s CES founded the Scottish Young People’s Surveys (SYPS) which provided a rich source of information about young people's schooling, experiences, attitudes and transitions during a major period of social and educational change. There are two data series included here:

  • The Scottish Young People's Survey (SYPS) School-Leaver series 1977-1991
  • The Scottish Young People's Survey (SYPS) Cohort series 1985-1993 (with an additional time series to 2005).

From 1992-2005 the surveys were renamed “Scottish School Leavers Surveys”, conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NATCEN). These are available through the UK Data Service.

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  • Scottish Young People's Survey Cohort 1985-86, Sweep 1 (SYPS1987) 

    Centre for Educational Sociology
    This dataset refers to the 2nd SYPS cohort of young people, who completed compulsory schooling (the S4 year stage) in the 1985-86 school year. They were first surveyed (sweep 1) in spring 1987 when most were aged about ...
  • Scottish Young People's Survey Cohort 1983-84, Sweep 2 (SYPS1986) 

    Centre for Educational Sociology.
    Scottish Young People's Survey Cohort 1983-84, Sweep 2 (SYPS1986). The SYPS is a series of large-scale postal surveys that asked young people aged 16-19 from Scottish secondary schools about their experiences of school ...
  • Scottish Young People's Survey Cohort 1983-84, Sweep 3 (SYPS1987autumn) 

    Centre for Educational Sociology
    Scottish Young People's Survey Cohort 1983-84, Sweep 3 (SYPS1987autumn). The SYPS is a series of large-scale postal surveys that asked young people aged 16-19 from Scottish secondary schools about their experiences of ...
  • Scottish Young People's Survey Cohort 1983-84, Sweep 1 (SYPS1985) 

    Centre for Educational Sociology.
    The Scottish Young People Survey (SYPS) cohort series was a postal survey in which questionnaires were initially sent to young people approximately nine months after they had completed their 4th year in secondary school. ...
  • Scottish youth cohort trends dataset, 1984-2002 

    Croxford, Linda (University of Edinburgh. Centre for Educational Sociology, 2014-07-23)
    This dataset has been constructed from the Scottish Young People’s Survey (SYPS) and Scottish School Leavers Survey (SSLS) as part of research project – Education and Youth Transitions in England, Wales and Scotland 1984-2002 ...
  • National School Leavers Survey, 1979 

    University of Edinburgh. Centre for Educational Sociology. (University of Edinburgh. Centre for Educational Sociology, 2014-07-22)
    The 1979 survey covered young people who had left school in the session 1977-78, including independent and grant-aided schools, but not special schools. It was based on a smaller sample than the earlier 1977 survey: 10 per ...
  • National School Leavers Survey, 1977 

    University of Edinburgh. Centre for Educational Sociology. (University of Edinburgh. Centre for Educational Sociology, 2014-07-22)
    The 1977 survey comprised 40 percent of young people who left Scottish secondary schools in 1975-6, including independent and grant-aided schools, but not special schools. It was designed as part of a “Collaborative Research ...