The SYPS surveys of school leavers surveyed young people who had left Scottish secondary schools in the previous school year – variously from 4th year, 5th year or 6th year. Their design and survey name changed over time. In 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1983 the survey was titled the “National School Leavers Survey” (NSLS).

In 1985 the survey was enlarged, redesigned and renamed - in addition to the survey of school leavers, the “Scottish Young People’s Survey” (SYPS) in 1985, 1987, 1989 and 1991 included the cohort who completed their final year of compulsory schooling (the 4th year stage) in the previous year. There were subsequent follow-up surveys of each cohort.

From 1992 the survey was conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NATCEN). It was redesigned and renamed the “Scottish School Leavers Survey” (SSLS), but in 1997, 1999 and 2003 the school-leaver sample was dropped and the SSLS focused on the 4th year stage cohort with subsequent follow-up surveys. Funding for the survey was discontinued after 2005.

Items in this Collection

  • 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 ...