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Children need more opportunities to get active in winter, new study finds

10 March 2016

Children are not active enough in the autumn and winter months, and spend too much time sitting indoors compared to other times of the year. According to researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit and Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) at the University of Cambridge children were most active during weekends […]

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Majority of fathers continue to see their child after separation, study finds

29 June 2015

More than four in five fathers still have contact with their child after they have separated from their partner, according to new research. However, dads who were more involved with parenting before a break-up are more likely to play a bigger role in their child’s future upbringing. The study, conducted by the University of Kent […]

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Able pupils from poorer homes ‘less likely to be judged above average’, new research suggests

9 June 2015

Children from lower income families are less likely to be judged ‘above average’ by their teachers, even when they perform as well as other pupils on independent cognitive assessments, according to a new study.

Pathways from environmental risk to children’s psychological maladjustment and resilience

14 November 2014

This research project tested how neighbourhood, family poverty and other adverse circumstances are related to children’s wellbeing, as gauged through emotional and behavioural outcomes.

Parenting and contact before and after separation

30 September 2014

This research project analysed data from the first four surveys of the Millennium Cohort Study, at ages 9 months, 3 years, 5 years, 7 years and 11 years. It looked specifically at factors related to parents’ contact with their children after separation, and how separation affects parenting activities and capabilities.

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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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Disabled children are more likely to be born into disadvantage, new research suggests

20 November 2013

Children with a disability are more likely to be born into disadvantaged families than their non-disabled peers, according to new findings from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Irregular bedtimes linked to behaviour problems in children, study finds

14 October 2013

Children with irregular bedtimes are more likely to have behaviour problems, according to new research using data from the Millennium Cohort Study.

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UK children less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than US youngsters

29 August 2013

Children are less likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the UK than in the US, according to research using data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Half of all UK seven-year-olds do not get enough exercise, research suggests

22 August 2013

Half of all seven-year-olds in the UK are inactive for six to seven hours every day, according to new research using data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Irregular bedtimes curb young children’s brain power, new research suggests

9 July 2013

Going to bed at different times every night curbs children’s brain power and may affect health in adult life, suggests new research using Millennium Cohort Study data. Researchers at University College London (UCL) looked at whether bedtimes in early childhood were related to brain power in more than 11,000 seven-year-olds. They compared the children’s bedtimes […]

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Social mobility depends on parents’ education and social class, not parenting styles, study finds

13 May 2013

Parents’ qualifications, social class and wellbeing have a bigger effect on their children’s development than poor parenting, according to researchers from the Institute of Education, University of London. A new study based on data from almost 14,000 seven-year-olds included in the Millennium Cohort Study has explored the link between children’s cognitive ability and their social and […]

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