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Parents’ marital status does not significantly improve children’s outcomes

25 July 2011

A recent report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) suggests parents’ marital status has ‘little or no additional impact on the child’s development’.


No move towards ‘meritocracy’ in top jobs for British males

29 June 2011

A new analysis of how people secure professional and managerial careers shows that family background remains just as important as it was three decades ago, relative to educational qualifications.


Children’s education crucial for social mobility: new ESRC briefing draws on MCS and BCS70 data

20 June 2011

Parents, the family home, and children’s own attitudes and behaviours could all contribute towards reducing educational inequalities, a recent study shows.


British cohort studies garner attention from world media

12 April 2011

The British cohort studies managed by CLS have attracted a huge amount of attention from the world press over the past week. Research from the National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) has been covered by media from as far afield as America, Australia and Pakistan.


Deputy Prime Minister launches new parenting report featuring MCS and BCS70 research

17 January 2011

Nick Clegg today launched a report The Home Front, produced by the think tank Demos, which explores the influences and pressures on today’s families and the interdependent relationships within them, drawing on research based on the Millennium Cohort Study and British Cohort Study 1970.


Parental factors associated with walking to school and participating in organised physical activities

10 January 2011

Research based on the Millennium Cohort Study looks at how much a child’s physical activity can be predicted by parental income and education, health behaviours and parents playing with them.


Half of all parents likely to split up before their children reach 16

8 December 2010

Research based partly on the Millennium Cohort Study highlights the rise in family breakdowns and attributes this more to cohabiting relationships ending, than marriages ending in divorce.


Improving parenting will not be enough to level school playing field, study says

7 December 2010

Children’s different rates of progress in their first two years at school are still largely driven by their parents’ social class, a UK-wide study has concluded


Most Welsh children get off to healthy start despite relatively high poverty rate

15 October 2010

The Millennium generation of Welsh children may not have had the easiest start in life but most of them appear to be in excellent health and they have many friends, a new report suggests.


Millennium mothers want university education for their children

15 October 2010

The Millennium generation of UK children may have the most educationally ambitious mothers ever, a new study suggests. No less than 97 per cent of them want their children to go on to university, even though most did not have a higher education themselves, researchers at the Institute of Education, University of London, have found. […]


Children with younger mothers face much tougher start in life, study shows

15 October 2010

Children born to younger mothers may need additional government support if they are to fulfil their potential, a new report suggests.


Marriage and relationship stability – IFS Briefing uses MCS data

15 July 2010

A recently published Briefing by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), analysing data from the Millennium Cohort Study, shows that while cohabiting parents are more likely to separate than married ones, there is little evidence that marriage per se is the cause of greater stability between parents.

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