April 19th, 2016

Out of school activities improve children’s educational attainment

Participating in organised sports and joining after school clubs can help to improve primary school children’s academic performance and social skills, new research shows.

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, researchers from NatCen Social Research, Newcastle University and ASK Research analysed information on more than 6,400 English children born in 2000-01 who are being followed by the Millennium Cohort Study.

Household wealth data and public policy

An event funded by the Nuffield Foundation today shed light on how wealth is concentrated among a small number of households, and is much more concentrated than incomes.

April 15th

School spending focused more on poorest schools over past 20 years; even more radical reforms over next decade

School spending in England has become increasingly targeted at schools with pupils from poorer backgrounds over the past 20 years. As a result, spending per pupil in 2013–14 amongst the 20% of secondary schools with the poorest pupils was £1,800 more than spending per pupil in the richest 20% (£7,400 compared with £5,600).

April 13th

What and where you study matter for graduate earnings – but so does parents’ income

Graduates from richer family backgrounds earn significantly more after graduation than their poorer counterparts, even after completing the same degrees from the same universities. This is one of many findings in new research funded by the Foundation and published today by the IFS. The research looks at the link between earnings and students’ background, degree subject and university attended.

April 5th

Team from Lancaster University and the Alliance for Useful Evidence to establish scope and delivery of a new family justice observatory

The Nuffield Foundation has appointed a team from Lancaster University and the Alliance for Useful Evidence to undertake a scoping study that will establish the purpose, functions, and delivery options for a family justice observatory.

March 22nd

Scotland's Fiscal Framework does not satisfy Smith's 'Taxpayer fairness' principle

A new report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and funded by the Foundation finds that the agreement on how to adjust the Scottish Government's block grant in response to greater devolution satisfies the Smith Commission's principle that there should be 'no detriment [simply] from the decision to devolve' a power, but it does not satisfy the Commission's 'taxpayer fairness' principle, which the UK governme

March 9th

Children born prematurely are disadvantaged at school and into adulthood but delaying school entry may not be the answer

Children born before 34 weeks gestation have poorer reading and maths skills than those born at full term, and the difficulties they experience at school continue to have effects into adulthood: by the age of 42, adults who were born prematurely have lower incomes and are less likely to own their own home than those born at full term.

March 8th

Data sharing consultation event

The UK Government has recently announced new proposals on data sharing within government. This consultation event is to help users of official statistics to understand more about the proposed data sharing legislation and to consider their own responses to the consultation. The event will take the form of two panels of speakers, followed by Q&A and discussion.

Thursday 17 March 2016, 10:00am - 12:00pm

February 25th

Nuffield Early Language Intervention improves skills by up to four months

An independent evaluation of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention has found that it improves the vocabulary, grammar and listening skills of four- and five-year-olds by as much as four months.