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October 30th

Divorce law in England and Wales increases conflict and suffering for separating couples and their children, encourages dishonesty, and undermines the aims of the family justice system

New research published today by the Nuffield Foundation shows that divorce law in England and Wales is incentivising people to exaggerate claims of ‘behaviour’ or adultery to get a quicker divorce. In practice, these claims cannot be investigated by the court or easily rebutted by the responding party, leading to unnecessary conflict and a system that is inherently unfair.

October 24th

Starting school at a younger age could benefit children in South Africa

Children in South Africa could benefit from starting school a year earlier, according to new research by Durham University in the UK and the University of Pretoria in South Africa and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

The study found that those children who started school in Grade R, equivalent to Reception in the UK, were better prepared for school than those who started in the usual Grade 1.

Better part-time opportunities needed for secondary school teachers

The Government and stakeholders in the secondary sector need to urgently look at identifying ways in which more and better part-time working can be accommodated in secondary schools, a new report funded by the Nuffield Foundation recommends.

Researchers at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) found that secondary teachers who are employed part-time tend to have higher rates of leaving the profession than part-time primary teachers, as well as full-time teachers.

October 6th

Screen children with reading difficulties more thoroughly for hearing problems, says new report

Children with reading difficulties should be more thoroughly screened for hearing problems, a new report by Coventry University academics has said.

The study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, found 25 per cent of its young participants who had reading difficulties showed mild or moderate hearing impairment, of which their parents and teachers were unaware.

October 5th

Welfare cases in the Court of Protection

Nuffield-funded researchers at Cardiff University's School of Law and Politics have used ground-breaking empirical research to provide an important overview of the Court of Protection's welfare jurisdiction.

October 3rd

Evidence-based policy and practice in public services

Teresa Williams, Director, Justice and Welfare reflects on the What Works? agenda

Study reveals link between childhood in care and mums who have babies removed by the courts

A Nuffield-funded study has found a high number of women, who repeatedly appear before the family courts and lose many children into public care or adoption because of child protection concerns, have been in care themselves.

40% of the mothers had been in foster care or children’s homes with a further 14% living in private or informal relationships away from their parents.