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More than one in four UK children facing multiple risks to development, study finds

7 February 2012

More than one in four UK youngsters are growing up in families facing multiple challenges such as parental depression and financial hardship that can have a damaging effect on children’s development, new research suggests.

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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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Light drinking ‘no risk to babies’

6 October 2011

Mothers who drink one or two units of alcohol a week during pregnancy do not increase the risks that their child will go on to experience developmental problems, research based on the Millennium Cohort Study has concluded.

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‘Tough love’ from parents decreases chances of teenagers binge drinking

20 September 2011

A ‘tough love’ parenting style is the most effective approach to preventing teenagers from binge drinking, a new study claims

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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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Boys with absent fathers become fathers themselves at a young age

7 September 2011

If a boy’s father is absent when he’s a child, he is more likely to become a father himself at a young age, a new study suggests

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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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No move towards ‘meritocracy’ in top jobs for British males

29 June 2011

A new analysis of how people secure professional and managerial careers shows that family background remains just as important as it was three decades ago, relative to educational qualifications.

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Children’s education crucial for social mobility: new ESRC briefing draws on MCS and BCS70 data

20 June 2011

Parents, the family home, and children’s own attitudes and behaviours could all contribute towards reducing educational inequalities, a recent study shows.

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British cohort studies garner attention from world media

12 April 2011

The British cohort studies managed by CLS have attracted a huge amount of attention from the world press over the past week. Research from the National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) has been covered by media from as far afield as America, Australia and Pakistan.

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Deputy Prime Minister launches new parenting report featuring MCS and BCS70 research

17 January 2011

Nick Clegg today launched a report The Home Front, produced by the think tank Demos, which explores the influences and pressures on today’s families and the interdependent relationships within them, drawing on research based on the Millennium Cohort Study and British Cohort Study 1970.

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Parental factors associated with walking to school and participating in organised physical activities

10 January 2011

Research based on the Millennium Cohort Study looks at how much a child’s physical activity can be predicted by parental income and education, health behaviours and parents playing with them.

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