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Long-term vocabulary benefits from ‘reading for pleasure’ in childhood

6 November 2014

Reading for pleasure during childhood has a substantial influence on a person’s vocabulary 30 years later.

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School can worsen disabled children’s behavioural problems, researchers say

3 October 2014

Much more could be done to help children with physical and learning disabilities cope with the challenges they face on entering school, new research suggests.

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Streaming pupils by ability in primary school widens the attainment gap

25 September 2014

The practice of “streaming” children by ability in the early years of primary school is widening the achievement gap between children from better-off homes and those facing disadvantage, according to findings from the Millennium Cohort Study. One in six children in English schools is placed in ability streams – whereby pupils are taught in the […]

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School type does not affect children’s ability to succeed, review suggests

27 August 2014

There is no evidence that government investment in particular school structures or types – for example, academies, free schools or faith schools – has been effective in improving the performance of pupils from poor backgrounds, according to a review published today by the Institute of Education (IOE).

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Basic skills vital for the home and community as well as the workplace, researchers say

18 June 2014

Current coalition government policies that are designed to improve adults’ literacy and numeracy skills are overly focused on the world of work, according to two leading researchers in this field

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Government must set itself more challenging targets on social mobility, new research suggests

23 January 2014

Policymakers must focus on getting disadvantaged pupils’ performance above the average in order to improve social mobility, suggests a new study published by the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London.

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One in five able pupils does not apply to university, study finds

31 October 2013

A fifth of pupils who do well in school at age 11 do not go on to university, suggests new research from the Institute of Education, University of London.

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CLS to manage national study of young people’s transitions from school to adult life

18 October 2013

A new home has been found for a major longitudinal research project that is following more than 15,700 young people born in 1989-90.

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Reading for pleasure puts children ahead in the classroom, study finds

11 September 2013

Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, according to new research from the Institute of Education.

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Children in England better at reading than peers in Wales and Scotland

4 September 2013

Seven-year-olds in England are better at reading than their counterparts in Wales, according to new research using data from the Millennium Cohort Study.

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Welsh Government’s Early Years and Childcare Plan draws on evidence from the British birth cohort studies

18 July 2013

Evidence from the 1958, 1970 and millennium cohort studies has been cited extensively by the Welsh Government in its first Early Years and Childcare Plan.

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Reading and maths ability at age seven linked to higher income in adulthood

15 May 2013

Children with stronger reading and maths skills at age seven are more likely to earn higher wages in later life, according to new research using data from the 1958 National Child Development Study.

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