Date

January 30th

Eye tracking technology used to assess the educational disadvantages of babies in low income families

Differences in infants’ processing of visual and auditory information related to socio-economic status are already discernible by 6-7 months of age, according to new Nuffield-funded research from the University of East London (UEL). 

Researchers used state of the art eye-tracking technology to assess attention in babies from low income families.

January 29th

More people receive council tax bill but one quarter of additional tax due is not paid

New Nuffield-funded research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) shows that cuts to support mean 1.3 million more low-income households get a council tax bill, but a quarter of the extra tax due is not paid.

January 28th

Government announces new strategy for teacher recruitment and retention

Today the Department for Education (DfE) has published its Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, which sets out to address the teacher supply challenges facing the teaching profession.

With rising pupil numbers, shortfalls in the number of trainee teachers and an increasing proportion of teachers leaving the profession, there is an urgent need to ensure there are enough teachers in our schools.

January 24th

New guidance supports the teaching of evolution

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have collaborated with teachers and pupils to develop practical strategies for the teaching and learning of evolution.

January 21st

A new mathematics GCSE curriculum for post-16 resit students

The Nuffield Foundation has awarded funding to Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) to investigate the feasibility of a new mathematics GCSE curriculum for post-16 resit students.

January 18th

Living in a state of flux: how pay insecurity affects the choices and living standards of low income families

Later this month, the Nuffield Foundation is convening a seminar on Living in a state of flux: how pay insecurity affects the choices and living standards of low income families.

January 17th

Childcare workers face increasing financial pressures and have low qualification levels

Childcare workers suffer real terms pay losses of 5% since 2013 – in stark contrast to a 2.5% rise amongst the female working population, according to new Nuffield-funded research from the Education Policy Institute (EPI). 

The new detailed analysis of the childcare workforce in England also found that: 

January 9th

Reading with pre-school children boosts language skills by eight months

Parents and carers who regularly read with small children are giving them a language advantage of eight months, Nuffield-funded research from the University of Newscastle shows. 

Led by James Law, Professor of Speech and Language Sciences, a team of experts found that receptive language skills – the ability to understand information – are positively affected when pre-school youngsters read with someone who cares for them.