July 23rd

Adoption gives children a stable and loving family base, but more support is needed

An 18 year study which followed up 65 children placed for adoption under the age of 4 has found that for the vast majority adoption had worked well in providing a loving and supportive family base. It is unsurprising however that in this sample of children, most of whom were adopted from care and who had difficult experiences in early life, almost half of young people had experienced some level of difficulty as they grew up.

Black and ethnic minority students less likely to receive offers from university than white students

University applicants from black and ethnic minority backgrounds are less likely to receive conditional offers than comparable white British applicants according to research from LSE. 

July 11th

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.