Once again this year we are running a course for researchers who would like to learn how to use the National Pupil Database. It is a 2-day training course in London held on the 4th and 5th of May, 2016. The course instructors will be Lorraine Dearden, Mike Treadaway, Dave Thomson and I.
You can find out more and sign up for a place here: http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/training/show.php?article=6225.
The course schedule is as follows:
Day 1 AM: Introduction to the NPD, the termly pupil census variables and improving demographic information via geocodes
Day 1 PM: Primary school attainment tests – FSP, KS1 and KS2
Day 2 AM: Overview of KS4, KS5 and datasets to analyse post-compulsory outcomes
Day 2 PM: Compiling school-level information and applying to use NPD
Before you sign up… remember that the NPD is *very* large and quite difficult to use. It isn’t generally possible to open up the database in Excel, so you need to be able to use a statistical package such as SPSS, R or Stata. We will be asking participants to come with their own laptop and software of choice pre-installed.