July 11th, 2014

New study challenges myth that texting affects children's grammar and spelling

Researchers have discovered that that the use of “textisms” does not appear to have a negative impact on the development of children’s grammar and spelling.

July 10th

Trustees' Report and Financial Statements 2013

The Nuffield Foundation committed to spend a record £30.9 million in 2013. The main reason for this is the 15 five-year grants made under Q-Step,our new programme to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training for undergraduates.

It was also a record year for investments, with our portfolio at a high of £275 million and a return for the year of 16%.

July 2nd

Goal of all students studying maths to 18 is at risk from qualification reforms

Reforms to GCSEs and A levels risk undermining the government’s goal of universal participation in post-16 mathematics education, particularly if new ‘Core Maths’ qualifications are not backed by universities, according to a new report published today by the Nuffield Foundation.

July 1st

No more baby steps: a strategy for revolutionising childcare

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published plans for how the UK can move towards a universal, high-quality and affordable system of childcare and early years provision. 

Based on research funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the proposals aim to meet three core objectives of public policy for the early years: 

June 23rd

New evidence on recurrent care proceedings

Approximately one in every three care applications concerns a mother who can be described as a repeat client of the family court according to initial findings from a study that captures the scale and pattern of recurrent care proceedings for the first time.

June 17th

"I got one of those wonderful things...a Nuffield Science Bursary"

Astronomer and presenter of BBC Four's The Sky at Night Chris Lintott is the subject of this week's The Life Scientific. Chris talks about how he received a Nuffield Science Bursary and spent a summer working on a project to study the movement of dust around young stars. 

May 21st

Disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds losing out on good quality nursery provision

Private and voluntary (not-for-profit) nurseries and preschools catering for disadvantaged areas and children are lower quality than those serving more advantaged areas and children, according to research undertaken by the University of Oxford and published by the Nuffield Foundation.

May 15th

Parenting interventions can improve children's conduct and literacy

A new study shows that parenting interventions can be successful in improving children's conduct and literacy both in the short and longer term.

May 1st

Family Drug and Alcohol Court more effective than ordinary care proceedings in treating parental substance misuse and reuniting families

A new approach to care proceedings that tackles the substance misuse of parents has been successful in reducing the number of children taken into care and enabling more families to remain together safely.

April 4th

Death to the death tax?

Last week the Prime Minister, David Cameron, stated that he would like to increase the inheritance tax threshold, reviving memories of the 2010 Conservative Party manifesto pledge to increase the threshold to £1 million.