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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Childhood educational inequalities

21 May 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – Few pieces of longitudinal research have had such an impact on government policy as Leon Feinstein’s analysis of BCS70, which examined the links between family background and children’s cognitive development.

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Research round-up – January to March 2020

1 May 2020

How much does one’s family background influence their midlife wellbeing? And, what effect does technology engagement have on teenage sleep? What is the psychological impact of having to work part-time when full-time jobs are not available? And, how important is cognitive ability in helping people climb the social ladder?

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Economic upheaval of 1980s linked to criminal behaviour among Generation X

31 March 2020

Members of Generation X who lived in Britain’s declining industrial heartlands in the 1980s were more likely to play truant during their school years and to be involved in crime as adults, compared to those who grew up in more advantaged areas.

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Research round-up – October to December 2019

10 February 2020

Are boys more sensitive to the state of the local job market when choosing their GCSE subjects? And why are migrant and ethnic minority mothers at increased risk of mental ill health? Researchers have been using CLS study data to tackle these and other key questions.

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Linked education data open up new opportunities for study of millennial generation

23 January 2020

Researchers can now access enhanced linked educational records for Next Steps, including GCSE and A-level exam results, and vocational education records.

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Rich resources of private schools give pupils advantage at A level, new research shows

7 November 2019

Pupils in private school sixth forms tend to get better A level results than similar pupils in state schools, according to a new study.

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How much does private schooling raise your pay, and does it make you give more to the community?

6 November 2019

Professor Francis Green, of the UCL Institute of Education, uses Next Steps data to examine the financial rewards of a private school education and asks whether these schools provide a ‘public benefit’.

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Children’s radio show interviews CLS researcher about childhood aspirations study

5 November 2019

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Well, CLS researcher, Dr Sam Parsons was asked to think back to her childhood aspirations when she appeared on a children’s social science radio programme this weekend (2 November).

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Millennials see diminishing returns to education compared to previous generations, new research finds

29 October 2019

Gaining a degree gives a smaller boost to Millennials’ salaries than it did for members of Generation X 20 years ago, according to a new study.

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Heavy social media users tend to be poor sleepers, new research shows

25 October 2019

Adolescents who use social media for at least five hours a day are more likely than their peers to go to sleep late and have trouble waking during the school week.

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Research round-up – July to September 2019

10 October 2019

Are boys more sensitive to the state of the local job market when choosing their GCSE subjects? And why are migrant and ethnic minority mothers at increased risk of mental ill health? Researchers have been using CLS study data to tackle these and other key questions.

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Happy children tend to become happy adults, research finds

20 September 2019

Among the Baby Boomers and Generation X, people who had higher levels of emotional wellbeing during childhood and adolescence were more likely to report being satisfied with life when they reached adulthood.

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