Warnock Study of Handicapped School Leavers, 1976

UKDA study number:2024

Series Title

National Child Development Study

Principal Investigators

National Children's Bureau
National Birthday Trust Fund
University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Data Collectors

Social and Community Planning Research
National Children's Bureau

Sponsor

Department of Education and Science

Distributed by

UK Data Archive, University of Essex, Colchester.

February 2012 (2nd Edition)

 

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National Children's Bureau, National Birthday Trust Fund and University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Warnock Study of Handicapped School Leavers, 1976 [computer file]. 2nd Edition. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], February 2012. SN: 2024 , http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-2024-2

 

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Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Bedford Group, Institute of Education, University of London

 

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2024 . Warnock Study of Handicapped School Leavers, 1976
(NCDS)

 

Series:

National Child Development Study

Depositors:

National Children's Bureau
University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Principal Investigators:

National Children's Bureau
National Birthday Trust Fund
University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies

Data Collectors:

Social and Community Planning Research
National Children's Bureau

Sponsor:

Department of Education and Science
Grant Number: P ; 0420

Project Number:

P ; 0420

Other Acknowledgements:

Parliament. Committee of Enquiry into the Education of Handicapped Children and Young People

Abstract:

The National Child Development Study (NCDS) is a continuing longitudinal study that seeks to follow the lives of all those living in Great Britain who were born in one particular week in 1958. The aim of the study is to improve understanding of the factors affecting human development over the whole lifespan.

The NCDS has its origins in the Perinatal Mortality Survey (PMS) (the original PMS study is held at the UK Data Archive under SN 2137). This study was sponsored by the National Birthday Trust Fund and designed to examine the social and obstetric factors associated with stillbirth and death in early infancy among the 17,000 children born in England, Scotland and Wales in that one week. Selected data from the PMS form NCDS sweep 0, held alongside NCDS sweeps 1-3, under SN 5565.

To date there have been seven attempts to trace all members of the birth cohort in order to monitor their physical, educational and social development. The first three sweeps were carried out by the National Children's Bureau, in 1965, when respondents were aged 7, in 1969, aged 11, in 1974, aged 16 (these sweeps form NCDS1-3, held together with NCDS0 under SN 5565). The fourth sweep, NCDS4, was conducted in 1981, when respondents were aged 23 (held under SN 5566). In 1985 the NCDS moved to the Social Statistics Research Unit (SSRU) - now known as the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) - and the fifth sweep was carried out in 1991, when respondents were aged 33, (NCDS5, held under SN 5567). For the sixth wave, conducted in 1999-2000, when respondents were aged 41-42 (NCDS6, held under SN 5578), fieldwork was combined with the 1999-2000 wave of the 1970 Birth Cohort Study (BCS70), which is also conducted by CLS (and held at the Archive under GN 33229).

Response and Deaths Dataset:
A separate dataset covering responses and to NCDS and deaths of cohort members over all eight waves is available under SN 5560, National Child Development Study Response and Deaths Dataset, 1958-2009. Users are advised to order this study alongside the other waves of NCDS.

Additional studies:
In addition to the main NCDS sweeps, some further studies have also been conducted. In 1978, a postal survey was conducted of the schools attended by members of the birth cohort at the time of the third follow-up of 1974, in order to obtain details of public examination entry and performance. Similar details were also sought from sixth-form and further education colleges etc., where these were identified by schools. Also, a 37-year sample survey of the NCDS cohort, focusing on basic skills, is held under SN 4992.

The Archive also holds a number of NCDS-related files such as data from a 5 percent feasibility study, conducted at age 20 (held under SN 2025), which preceded NCDS4. A parent migration dataset, based on NCDS5, is held under SN 4324, a study detailing partnership histories, compiled from NCDS sweeps 5 to 8, is held under SN 6940, and an employment histories dataset, compiled from NCDS sweeps 4 to 8, is held under SN 6942.

The Warnock Study of Handicapped School Leavers, 1976 was carried out in the summer and autumn of 1976, with selected members of the NCDS when they were 18 years of age. Information was gathered for some 508 individuals, both handicapped and non-handicapped. The study was carried out for the Committee of Enquiry into the Education of Handicapped Children and Young People (the Warnock Committee) by a team based at the National Children's Bureau. The central aim of the study was to provide information on how handicapped young people negotiated the crucial transition from school to work, the employment opportunities available to them and to describe their early experiences in the labour market.

For the second edition (February 2012), the Centre for Longitudinal Studies made improvements to the existing data and documentation, including revised variable names, addition of variable and value labels and missing values, and the addition of an identifier variable. For full details, see the documentation.

Main Topics:

The purpose of the study was to describe some early labour market experiences of handicapped young people. The questionnaire covered areas such as: education, leaving school, employment, income, health and household composition.

Coverage:


Dates of Fieldwork: 1976
Country: Great Britain
Spatial Units: No information recorded
Observation Units: Individuals

Universe Sampled:

Location of Units of Observation: National
Population: Young people born in Great Britain during one particular week in 1958.

Methodology:

Time Dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Sampling Procedures: See documentation for details
Number of Units: 508
Method of Data Collection: Face-to-face interview; Self-completion
Weighting: No weighting used

Language(s) of Written Materials:

Study Description: English
Study Documentation: English

Access:

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Availability: UK Data Service
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Date of First Release:

1984

Date of Latest Release:

21 February 2012 ( 2nd Edition )

Copyright:

Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Bedford Group, Institute of Education, University of London


File last updated:

26 March 2014