Archiving the Scottish Young People’s Survey
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From 1962 to 2005, a series of large-scale national surveys asked young Scots about their experiences of school and moving on to further and higher education or the labour market. They were commissioned by the Scottish government to inform policy and practice during times of educational expansion and restructuring of the youth labour market. The surveys focused on young people between ages 15-19, including those in jobs, training or unemployed, as well as those continuing their education at school, college or university. In addition to factual questions about attainment and destinations, family background, social class, school and region, each of the surveys included questions about attitudes, aspirations and choices. Thus the surveys provide a rich source of information about young people’s education, and transitions during a period of social and educational change.