Next Steps is helping researchers, government, teachers and others understand what life is like for your generation. Next Steps was set up to study young people’s experiences of secondary school and their transitions from compulsory schooling to further education, training or the labour market.
But your lives changed after you left school, and as a result, the study had to change too. Today, Next Steps is focused on understanding what your adult lives are like, both now and in the future. Where will you live? Will you have a family? Will you change careers? What will you do when you retire?
By following you into adulthood, researchers are able to understand:
Why is the study so important?
The information you have provided has informed government policy on a wide range of issues, and ultimately helped bring about changes in schools, colleges and services for all young people. Read more about what we’ve learned.