Introduction to National Pupil Database - Online (join a waiting list)



Organised by:

NCRM, University of Southampton and Administrative Data Research UK


Dr Will Cook


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Jacqui Thorp
Training and Capacity Building Coordinator, National Centre for Research Methods, University of Southampton

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Venue: Online


This course is run as a collaboration between the National Centre for Research Methods and Administrative Data Research UK and is part of a series on short courses on administrative data.

This course provides an introduction to National Pupil Database (NPD), an administrative data resource covering the education system in England.

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 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 for 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. It will run from 10am to 4pm.

The Presenter, Dr Will Cook is a senior lecturer in economics at Manchester Metropolitan University with research interests in education policy and applied econometrics. He has completed numerous research projects using the NPD, most recently as an ADR UK fellow analysing the NPD linked to the Police National Computer.



The fee per teaching day is: • £30 per day for registered students • £60 per day for staff at academic institutions, Research Councils researchers, public sector staff, staff at registered charity organisations and recognised research institutions. • £100 per day for all other participants In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. No refunds are available after this date. If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of the cancellation of a course. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.

Website and registration:


South East


Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis, National Pupil Database, Administrative data, Secondary data analysis

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Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis

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