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Light drinking in pregnancy does not harm babies, new evidence suggests

17 April 2013

Light drinking during pregnancy does not affect a child’s behavioural or mental development, according to new research using data from the Millennium Cohort Study

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Ability grouping in primary school may reinforce disadvantage of summer-born children, study finds

8 April 2013

Ability grouping may be intensifying the disadvantages experienced by summer-born children, new research suggests.

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Mothers help to unlock the mystery of why some children behave worse than others

15 October 2012

Why do some children behave badly while others seem almost angelic? Is it nature, or nurture, or a bit of both? The Millennium Cohort Study, which is tracking the development of children born in the UK between 2000 and 2002, is helping to piece together the answer to this remarkably complex problem.

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Ethnic minority children read at least as well as white pupils by age 7, study finds

15 October 2012

White children are losing their early lead over ethnic minority youngsters in English language during the first two years of primary school, a UK-wide study has found. By age 7, ethnic minority children read English at least as well as white pupils, say researchers at the Institute of Education, University of London. The best readers, […]

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What we may be able to learn from young children’s career dreams

14 September 2012

Does it matter whether a seven-year-old wants to be a doctor, a road-sweeper or a fire-eater in a travelling circus?

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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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One in six UK children being taught in ability streams by age 7, study finds

5 June 2011

The controversial practice of teaching primary pupils in ability ‘streams’ rather than traditional classes is much more prevalent than is generally thought, a new study suggests.

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Millennium Cohort Study Fourth Survey: User’s Guide to Initial Findings 2nd edition now out

15 December 2010

A second edition of the MCS4 User Guide to Initial Findings has been issued which incorporates revisions made to the earlier version of the variable recording child overweight and obesity.

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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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Girls at greater risk than boys of being overweight at age 7

7 December 2010

Girls are much more likely than boys to be overweight at age 7, a UK-wide study has found.

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MCS4 User’s Guide to Initial Findings published

16 October 2010

The Millennium Cohort Study, Fourth Survey: A User’s Guide to Initial Findings has now been published (15 October 2010).

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Scots children more active than other UK children at age 7, study shows

15 October 2010

Scottish seven-year-olds are the most physically active in the UK, new research suggests.

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