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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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Reading to children helps reduce social inequalities

3 June 2011

New research using MCS data suggests that certain factors – such as reading on a daily basis – can help to reduce the impact of these inequalities on cognitive development.

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Long-term poverty but not family instability affects children’s cognitive development

21 April 2011

IoE researchers find children from homes that experience persistent poverty are more likely to have their cognitive development affected than their peers in better off homes. However family instability is found to make no additional difference.

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Breastfeeding aids cognitive development

17 March 2011

Research using Millennium Cohort Study data has shown that breastfeeding leads not only to healthier babies, but also brighter children.

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Marmot health indicators highlight stark regional differences in children’s development

14 February 2011

Professor Sir Michael Marmot, who last year chaired the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities, which drew on evidence from all three birth cohort studies, has published indicators at local authority level showing marked differences in children’s development between rich and poor areas of England.

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