Introduction to the National Pupil Database (National Centre for Research Methods)

13/11/2024 - 14/11/2024

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The course covers:

  • The population coverage of NPD
  • The component modules of NPD and how they link together
  • How to create a longitudinal picture of pupils’ lives in schools
  • Key data cleaning routines
  • Accessing the NPD.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be familiar with the structure of NPD
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of the data available
  • Know where to go to find more detailed information
  • Know how to apply for access.

This course is suitable to anyone intending to undertake quantitative research on the school system in England. No prior knowledge of the NPD or statistical code is required to access the course.

Please note that this course is being run over 2 consecutive mornings (10:00-13:00).

Day One (13 November 2024)

10:00-11:00 NPD Modules

11:15-12:15 Key Variables within each module

12:15-12:45 Q&A

Day Two (14 November 2024)

10:00-11:00 Working with NPD data

11:15-12:30 Accessing NPD data

12:30-13:00 Q&A


  • £35 for registered students  
  • £75 for staff at academic institutions, Research Councils researchers, public sector staff, staff at registered charity organisations and recognised research institutions
  • £250 for all other participants

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