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From cradle to career: National Institute Economic Review celebrates cohort studies

2 November 2012

The latest issue of the National Institute Economic Review takes an in-depth look at evidence from the British birth cohort studies, with a special focus on how economic circumstances are transmitted from one generation to the next.

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Mothers help to unlock the mystery of why some children behave worse than others

15 October 2012

Why do some children behave badly while others seem almost angelic? Is it nature, or nurture, or a bit of both? The Millennium Cohort Study, which is tracking the development of children born in the UK between 2000 and 2002, is helping to piece together the answer to this remarkably complex problem.

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Children of unemployed parents struggle at school and in finding work themselves, study finds

9 October 2012

Growing up in a household with unemployed parents can negatively affect young children’s attainment at school and can increase teenagers’ likelihood of not being in education, employment or training (NEET), new research suggests.

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What we may be able to learn from young children’s career dreams

14 September 2012

Does it matter whether a seven-year-old wants to be a doctor, a road-sweeper or a fire-eater in a travelling circus?

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Persistent poverty damages young children’s cognitive development, study finds

13 June 2012

The corrosive effect of persistent poverty on children’s cognitive development is revealed in a new study published by the Institute of Education, University of London.

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Childhood cognitive ability connected to long-term sick leave in adulthood

3 April 2012

There is a clear relationship between cognitive ability in childhood and the odds of taking long-term sick leave as an adult, a new study suggests.

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Dr Kirstine Hansen speaks to Channel 4 News on the number of British families facing multiple risk factors

2 April 2012

It is very easy for UK families to slip from zero to multiple challenges to their children’s development, Dr Kirstine Hansen has told Channel 4 News.

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More girls than boys at the highest ability levels

16 December 2011

There are more girls than boys in the top 10 per cent of the ability range at age 5, a new Millennium Cohort Study analysis has found

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Pupils from wealthier backgrounds are five months ahead at age 5

15 December 2011

The children of high earners start school five months ahead of pupils from low and middle-income homes, according to new research based on the Millennium Cohort Study.

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Social-class gap in test scores persists despite huge investment in pre-school education

14 September 2011

Pre-school education has a positive long-term impact on children’s educational achievement but is not helping pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to catch up with their middle-class peers, a new study has concluded.

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Children living in rural poverty “fare worse in reading”

6 September 2011

Children living in poverty in some rural areas have lower standards of reading than their counterparts in cities, a new analysis of pupil assessments has shown.

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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’.

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