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Academic success doesn’t guarantee top earnings for fortysomethings, study finds

17 November 2016

Educational achievement may be enough to open the door to high-status occupations, but isn’t sufficient to deliver a top income in early middle age, according to new research from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

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Careers talks at secondary school linked to higher pay in mid-twenties, study reveals

2 September 2016

Pupils who received career advice from external speakers in their mid-teens went on to enjoy slightly higher wages by the time they reached 26, according to findings from the 1970 British Cohort Study

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Money doesn’t buy happiness for the UK’s millennium generation, study finds

11 August 2016

Children’s wellbeing is not related to their families’ household incomes – but their perceptions of how much they have relative to their friends can have an unexpected effect. A new study from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the UCL Institute of Education found that 11-year-olds who saw themselves as richer than their peers were […]

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Latest edition of NCDS activity histories is now available

22 June 2016

The latest version of the National Child Development Study: Activity Histories (1974-2013) has been released at the UK Data Archive.

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Fathers working full-time enjoy 21% ‘wage bonus’

16 May 2016

Full-time working fathers earn a fifth more, on average, than men without children, according to a new study published by the Trade Unions Congress (TUC). In contrast, mothers working full-time experienced a ‘pay penalty’, earning 7 per cent less, on average, than their childless colleagues. The researchers from the Institute for Public Policy Research analysed […]

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Children born in the early 1990s face greater difficulties entering the job market than older generations, study finds

29 October 2015

Around 12 per cent of school leavers born in 1990 faced challenges, such as extended periods of unemployment and job instability, compared to only 4 per cent of those born three decades earlier

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Premature babies ‘more likely’ to earn less as adults

2 September 2015

Children who are born prematurely not only tend to perform worse academically but also appear to accumulate less wealth as adults, according to a new study.

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Less able children from affluent homes escape risk of slipping down the social ladder

27 July 2015

Children from better-off families who show lower ability at age 5 are still more likely to succeed in the labour market than their brighter peers from poorer homes, according to a new report.

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East Asian teaching method leads to ‘small but welcome improvement’ in English pupils’ maths skills

18 June 2015

Introducing a Singaporean ‘mastery’ teaching approach in English schools leads to a relatively small but welcome improvement in children’s mathematics skills and offers a potential return on investment, after one year.

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Muslim women less likely to find employment than white Christian women

17 April 2015

New research from the University of Bristol suggests that Muslim women are more likely to be unemployed than white Christian women, even when they have the same qualifications and language abilities.

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National campaign highlights impact of poor childhood literacy on later life

13 April 2015

The literacy campaigners who commissioned the study are calling on politicians to tackle the divide in reading ability and wage inequality in adulthood by improving early-years education

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Childhood self-control linked to enhanced job prospects in adulthood

7 April 2015

A new cross-cohort study has revealed that parents who work to instil self-control in their children will see them reap the benefits throughout their working life.

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