December 22nd, 2014

Christmas and New Year opening hours

The Nuffield Foundation will be closed from Wednesday 24 December until Friday 2 January. 

Fiscal aims and austerity: different political parties' plans compared

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has published the first of its election briefing notes, funded by the Foundation, and analysing the three main parties’ proposed fiscal stances.

December 12th

More pupils would study maths if told of increased earning potential

More school pupils would choose to study maths at A-level if they were given better information about potential earnings, new research shows.

A study by the University of Birmingham involving more than 5,000 young people from across England found that take-up of maths would be significantly increased with this cheap and easy intervention.

Subjects such as art and biology, on the other hand, proved less popular with pupils when they were given details of projected salaries.

December 4th

Scientists concerned that culture of research can hinder scientific endeavour

Aspects of the culture of research in UK higher education institutions (HEIs) can encourage poor research practices and hinder the production of high quality science, according to scientists who took part in a project exploring the ethical consequences of the culture of research led by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

November 24th

Poor bright girls left behind in class, school spending study shows

Research on what works in school spending finds teaching assistants are effective in supporting low achieving pupils but able girls from poorer backgrounds make the least progress.

November 19th

Deaf children missing out on classroom support, study suggests

Children with only mild hearing losses are being overlooked in schools, resulting in academic achievement no better than profoundly deaf children, according to a study published today by the University of Edinburgh and funded by the Nuffield Foundation. 

November 17th

Poor lose, and rich gain from direct tax and benefit changes since May 2010 – without cutting the deficit

Changes to direct taxation and benefits made by the Coalition Government since 2010 have resulted in the poorest losing a greater share of their income than the richest. Overall, these changes have not reduced the deficit because revenue gains were offset by the cost of tax reductions, particularly the increase in the income tax personal allowance.

November 10th

First study comparing overall costs and benefits of new teacher training routes

Government is making significant changes to initial teacher training (ITT) in England, with a shift towards school-based training and away from traditional university-based routes. New school-based routes trained around 20% of trainee teachers in 2013/2014, and this percentage is set to expand, despite limited knowledge of the overall costs and benefits across alternative routes.

November 4th

Students from poorer backgrounds do less well at university

Amongst those who go to university, students from less affluent backgrounds are more likely to drop out and less likely to graduate with a first or upper second class degree than their peers from more affluent backgrounds. This is true even amongst those on the same course who arrived at university with similar grades. These are the main findings of new research published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.