Schoolchildren and full-time students away during term-time by NS-SeC (National Statistics Socio-economic Classification) of household reference person 2011

Dataset population: Households with schoolchildren or full-time students living away during term-time

Schoolchildren away during term-time

Schoolchildren and students in full-time education studying away from their family home are treated as usually resident at their term-time address. Only basic demographic information (i.e. name, sex, age, marital status and relationship) is collected at their non-term-time address (their 'home' or 'vacation' address). The information on families, household size and household composition for their non-term-time address does not include them.


The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SeC) provides an indication of socio-economic position based on occupation. It is an Office for National Statistics standard classification.

To assign a person aged 16 to 74 to an NS-SeC category, their occupation title is combined with information about their employment status, whether they are employed or self-employed and whether or not they supervise other employees. Full-time students are recorded in the 'full-time students' category regardless of whether they are economically active or not.

The rebased version of NS-SeC used in census results uses occupation coded to SOC2010. Information about the classification is available here: NS-SEC rebased on SOC2010.

For 'Long-term unemployed', the year last worked is 2009 or earlier. In 2011 Census results, because the census did not ask a question about the number of employees at a person's workplace, the reduced method of deriving NS-SeC (which does not require this information) is used.

The concept of a Household Reference Person (HRP) was introduced in the 2001 Census (in common with other government surveys in 2001/2) to replace the traditional concept of the 'head of the household'. HRPs provide an individual person within a household to act as a reference point for producing further derived statistics and for characterising a whole household according to characteristics of the chosen reference person.

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Last Updated September 20, 2022, 17:11 (+0100)
Created September 20, 2022, 16:53 (+0100)
Visibility Public
Year 2011
Topics Demography
Education and qualifications
Labour market
Units Households
Geographic Layer Census Electoral Divisions
Census Wards
Council Areas
Local Authorities
Local Government Districts
London Boroughs
Merging Local Authorities
Metropolitan Districts
Middle Super Output Areas
Non-Metropolitan Districts
Unitary Authorities
Frequency Decennial
Citation Office for National Statistics; National Records of Scotland; Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency; UK Data Service. DOI:
Geographical Coverage Location UK
Granularity Country level down to Middle Super Output Areas
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