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One in six UK children being taught in ability streams by age 7, study finds

5 June 2011

The controversial practice of teaching primary pupils in ability ‘streams’ rather than traditional classes is much more prevalent than is generally thought, a new study 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. […]


One in four boys is turned off school by the age of 7

15 October 2010

Almost one in four boys in the UK is already “anti-school” by the age of seven, a major survey has revealed.


Social mobility in England report uses NCDS and BCS70 data

30 April 2010

The Sutton Trust’s latest report into education mobility, an indicator of future social mobility, has found that children’s levels of achievement are more closely linked to their parents’ background in England than in many other developed nations.


Poorer children’s educational attainment

8 April 2010

A report which makes extensive use of CLS data was published at the end of March by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.


Underclass of pre-school children emerging, study says

2 March 2010

A new study by think tank Demos, which draws on data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), blames a lack of spending at pre-school level for educational disengagement in children under four.


Fewer parents gaining ‘first choice’ primary schools than statistics suggest

17 February 2010

Fewer parents are managing to enrol children in their true ‘first choice’ primary schools than is generally thought, says a new study.


Simple tests in babyhood ‘could point to children who need help with learning’

17 February 2010

Screening tests that monitor babies’ motor development could prove crucial in helping to identify children who will need learning support in their pre-school years, says a book published today.


Reading to a child at age 3 pays real dividends two years later

16 February 2010

Parents who read to their child every day at age 3 are more likely to see them flourishing in a wide range of subjects during their first year in primary school, a UK-wide study suggests.


New research dispels myths surrounding single-sex schooling

19 September 2006

A study of people now in their 40s has revealed that those who went to single-sex schools were more likely to study subjects not traditionally associated with their gender than those who went to co-educational schools.


CLS publishes a new briefing paper on the returns to education

28 June 2006

CLS publishes a new briefing paper on the returns to education


Press release: Maths A-level leads to higher earnings for men

27 June 2006

Men who have an A-level in mathematics are more likely to earn higher wages than their male peers who have A-levels in other subjects.

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