In 2004 the DfES Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE) interviewed a nationally representative sample of over 15,000 young people in Year 9 of school (i.e. those aged 13 or 14 years). The study also interviewed their parents/guardians about their involvement in their children’s education.

The study collected information on a wide range of topics and presents a unique insight into the experiences, attitudes and opinions of young people with regards to their school, their education and their choices and aspirations for the future.

The findings are based on analysis of a wide range of quantitative data about pupils, their families and their school and neighbourhood contexts from the Department’s Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE).

The report assessed the impact of a range of contextual factors on explaining variation in Key Stage 3 educational attainment for different ethnic groups.


  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Ethnic group differences in attainment at the end of KS3
  • Ethnic group differences in key contextual variables
  • Modelling ethnicity and educational attainment and progress
  • Ethnic group differences in entry to KS3 test tiers
  • Accounting for ethnic group differences in attainment and progress
  • References
  • Appendices