Linked data


It is possible to link data at the level of organisations. Currently for Understanding Society, identifiers of the schools that children attend or recently attended are being made available as part of a set of data now available from the UK Data Service

School codes

For Understanding Society, a Special License dataset has been released containing the codes of children’s current schools and those of recent school leavers.

These are the official codes used in school statistics, so researchers can merge in data on the quality of schools such as from school league tables, on school composition (by ethnicity, free school meal etc), on financial resources used in schools and on teachers.

The combined data allows research into issues such as:

  • segregation
  • the effect of school characteristics on educational and other life outcomes
  • parental school choice