July 17th

Children's social care is a postcode lottery

A recent parliamentary report - which heavily cites Nuffield-funded research - reveals how spending cuts have pushed children's social care into crisis across the UK. 

Heritable genome editing: action needed to secure responsible way forward

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, an independent body funded by the Nuffield Foundation, Wellcome and the MRC, has today published its report on the ethical and social issues of genome editing and human reproduction.

July 16th

A fine balance: why we need to focus on equity as well as autonomy and accountability in schools policy

Cheryl Lloyd explores what new Nuffield-funded research tells us about post-2010 education reforms

How effectively does the government control its spending?

Governments are responsible for spending huge amounts of public money. Effective control of that spending is essential if governments are to meet their fiscal objectives, deliver their desired policy outcomes, and achieve value for money for the taxpayer.

A new IFS report, published today as part of a wider study of the history of public expenditure control funded by the Nuffield Foundation, uses more than twenty years of data to analyse the planning and control of public expenditure between 1993 and 2015.

July 9th

Robert Street appointed Director of Justice

The Nuffield Foundation has appointed Robert Street as Director of Justice. Robert will lead our work in Justice, which together with Education and Welfare, forms the three core domains of our research funding. 

The research we fund in our Justice domain aims to facilitate evidence-based changes in the justice system to help improve outcomes for people who are seeking to resolve legal problems, particularly those who are vulnerable.

July 2nd

Government reforms are failing to tackle education inequality

Two-thirds of head teachers believe that inequalities between schools are becoming wider as a result of current government policy, according to a new ‘state of the nation’ report by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

The four-year study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, evaluated the government’s ‘self-improving school-led system’, which has become an overarching narrative for education policy since 2010, making schools more autonomous and accountable for their own improvement.

June 22nd

‘Big money’ cases give distorted view of divorce settlements

A new briefing paper funded by the Nuffield Foundation has found that high profile, ‘meal ticket for life’ cases have given a distorted view of final settlements in divorces.

June 21st

Number games make maths fun for preschool children

Estimation games to help nurseries and parents improve pre-schoolers’ skills and confidence have been developed by a Nuffield-funded project at Kingston University. 

A series of number games proven to boost preschool children’s confidence and ability in maths in just five weeks has been produced for nurseries and parents by a leading child psychologist from Kingston University.

June 19th

Disadvantaged students hit hardest by maths teacher shortages

Secondary school pupils in the most disadvantaged schools are being hit hardest by England’s maths teacher shortages, according to new evidence from the Nuffield Foundation.

Economy, Society, and Public Policy - new units launched

The CORE project has launched beta versions of the next four units of the Economy, Society and Public Policy (ESPP) e-book, which have been funded by the Nuffield Foundation.