Your life, your future is a major longitudinal survey which is exploring the opportunities and support available to young people living in different places and their aspirations, attitudes and experiences as they move through and beyond their final years of compulsory education. This survey, which is following over 4,000 young people across England over three years, starting when they are aged 15-16, will help us understand how young people can be better supported to make meaningful choices about their future lives.

The survey is part of a larger study, the Young Lives, Young Futures project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. While the larger study is focused particularly on young people who don’t go to university, the Your Life Your Future survey is focused on young  people taking both university and non-university pathways.


The survey is being conducted on behalf of King’s College London by Kantar Public, an independent research company. Participation in the survey is by invitation only as the participants have been selected at random to give a nationally representative picture of young people. If you are invited to participate in the survey, please follow the instructions given in your invitation letter.

The research team at King’s College London will conduct analyses from the survey data with a view to informing  the work of policy makers and organisations that play a role in supporting young people. They will also work together with groups of young people aged 15-20 to help them reflect on their transitions and increase awareness of effective strategies for navigating  the challenges and choices they face at this time in their lives.