ASPIRES 2 is the second phase of a ten-year longitudinal research project studying young people's science and career aspirations.
The project started on 1st February 2014, is based at King's College London and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
ASPIRES 2 will extend the unique dataset developed by the first ASPIRES study, which tracked the development of young people's science and career aspirations from age 10-14 (from 2009-2013). For further details, please see the ASPIRES report.
ASPIRES 2 is continuing this tracking over the crucial next five years of the young people's lives, to understand the changing influences of the family, school, careers education and social identities and inequalities on young people's science and career aspirations and, crucially, relate these to their actual subject choices and attainment in national examinations in Year 11 (GCSE) and their post-16 choices.
This tracking of young people's aspirations and educational outcomes comprises the crucial 'final link' in the longitudinal project, and will have strong bearing on educational policy and practice.
Science enables social mobility
The ASPIRES 2 research project is administered and coordinated by the Department of Education and Professional Studies at King's College London.