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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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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

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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.

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Smoking during pregnancy affects children’s coordination and physical control

23 September 2010

Women who smoke during pregnancy run the risk of adversely affecting their children’s co-ordination and physical control, according to a Swedish study using NCDS data.

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Cohabitation, marriage and child outcomes study uses MCS data

23 April 2010

A new study, published this week by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, concludes that young children’s cognitive or social and emotional development does not appear to be significantly affected by the formal marital status of their parents.

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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.

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