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Within-class grouping in maths | Projects | Education Endowment Foundation | EEF

Within-class grouping in maths | Projects | Education Endowment Foundation | EEF | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
All teachers must decide how to organise their classrooms. One key decision is whether to group pupils by prior attainment within classrooms (e.g., sitting high-achieving pupils together on the same table) or to mix pupils up. Schools may have a policy on this issue, or it might be left to individual teachers. Within-class grouping is a way of organising mixed attainment classes and may be done only for certain subjects, for example different table groups during maths teaching.

There is evidence from the TIMMS international survey that within-class grouping is particularly common in England at both primary and secondary levels: around 40% of teachers in England said that they grouped pupils by prior attainment in almost every mathematics lesson.
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Air pollution affects brain development - but when does the damage start? | Horizon: the EU Research & Innovation magazine | European Commission

Air pollution affects brain development - but when does the damage start? | Horizon: the EU Research & Innovation magazine | European Commission | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The emergency rooms in Barcelona were collapsing under the pressure. Hundreds of patients were arriving in desperate need as they struggled to breathe, while intensive care units struggled to cope with the sudden influx of respiratory problems. Epidemiologists scrambled to trace the source of the outbreak.

This epidemic in the 1980s might bear some striking similarities to the coronavirus pandemic, but there was no infection to blame. The city was suffering from outbreaks of asthma.
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Growing gap in children's socio-emotional skills

Growing gap in children's socio-emotional skills | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The gap between children with the highest and lowest socio-emotional skills has increased over the past three decades, and the socio-economic status of mothers is a significant contributing factor, according to a new UCL study.

The study, published in the Journal of Public Economics, compares the socio-emotional skills of two cohorts of children born in England 30 years apart, and shows for the first time that inequality in these early skills has increased.
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Low birth weight in babies

Low birth weight in babies | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
You'll hear this term if your baby weighs less than 2.5kg (5.5lb) when she's born. About six in 100 babies who are born in the UK have a low birth weight.
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Research tracking the health and happiness of the UK's children

Research tracking the health and happiness of the UK's children | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
People who identify as gay or bisexual have long been known to be more likely than others to be at risk from behaviour which can affect their health, such as drug-taking, drinking and not doing enough exercise. But how does this affect today’s teenagers? In an era of greater social liberalism might these differences be disappearing? Professor Yvonne Kelly and Dr Cara Booker discuss new research which sheds light on the issue.
Numerous studies have shown people from sexual minorities tend to suffer disproportionately from a range of health issues, yet until now there has been a paucity of up-to-date, comprehensive evidence about the level of risk faced by this group in the UK. A recent report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission called for more research.
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Parents matter – protecting kids from risky drinking

Parents matter – protecting kids from risky drinking | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Many parents permit their adolescent children to drink alcohol, believing this helps teach them responsible use and avoids the appeal of ‘forbidden fruit’. In research studies, greater parental permissibility for alcohol has been linked to earlier and heavier drinking in adolescence. However, it is not clear whether parents allowing adolescents to drink is itself to blame, or if this kind of permissibility is simply a marker for other factors (relating to the family, parents or child) that increase the risk of problem alcohol use among adolescents. For example, parents’ own heavy drinking, family sociodemographics, and adolescents’ friends’ use of alcohol can all affect the likelihood of alcohol misuse among adolescents, and each of these risk factors might also be underlying causes of parents allowing drinking. In a new report published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from Pennsylvania State University have used intergenerational data from a contemporary UK study to examine whether parents allowing adolescents to drink is itself associated with risky drinking in adolescence, beyond other such risk factors.
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Science Says the Most Successful Kids Have Parents Who Do These 5 Things

Science Says the Most Successful Kids Have Parents Who Do These 5 Things | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Your children are the people in this world who you most want to be happy, healthy and successful. And like it or not, your behavior as a parent has a lot to do with it. Here's what researchers say the parents of high-achieving kids do differently.
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England: BMI is higher in children of separated parents | Community Practitioner

England: BMI is higher in children of separated parents | Community Practitioner | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The body mass index (BMI) of children who have separated parents is significantly higher than that of children whose families have stayed intact.
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Nine in 10 children are glued to screens and sleep badly | Daily Mail

Nine in 10 children are glued to screens and sleep badly | Daily Mail | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
NINE out of ten children are not getting enough sleep or exercise and spend too much time at screens, experts warn.

Children who spend hours on smartphones and tablets move around less, and the blue light from the devices disrupts their sleeping patterns.

The study, by Loughborough University and University College London, looked at screen time, sleep and physical activity in children based on the Millennium Cohort Study of 2015 and 2016.
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9 in 10 children not getting enough sleep, study finds | IOL

9 in 10 children not getting enough sleep, study finds | IOL | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Nine out of 10 children are not getting enough sleep or exercise and spend too much time at screens, experts warn.

Children who spend hours on smartphones and tablets move around less, and the blue light from the devices disrupts their sleeping patterns.
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Wellbeing of children in the UK: influential factors and fears about the future | What Works Centre for Wellbeing

Since The Children’s Society started its programme of work on the wellbeing of children in 2005, there have been vast changes to children’s lives. Not least, the rise in their use of social media, and changes to schools.
How do these changes make young people feel? This Wednesday, The Children’s Society published its eighth Good Childhood Report looking at the subjective wellbeing of children in the UK. The report makes use of the most robust data sources on this issue, including the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) and Understanding Society (UKHLS).
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Kids with Autism at Increased Risk for Bullying, Even from Siblings

Kids with Autism at Increased Risk for Bullying, Even from Siblings | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Bullying is a problem that no parent wants to deal with, but it’s one that can’t be ignored. No one wants to be the parent of a bullied child or even worse be the parent of a bully.

But too often the bully and the bullied are the same person. Andnew research spotlights how that can happen both at home and at school.

Additionally this behavior may be more frequent if a children has been diagnosed with being on the autism spectrum.
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One in five children in the UK live in 'constant poverty' | Daily Mail

One in five children in the UK live in 'constant poverty' | Daily Mail | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Nearly one in five children in the UK live in constant poverty, research suggests.

A study found 19 per cent of youngsters grow up in households with an income that is 60 per cent less than the national average. 

Children who experience poverty throughout their youth are three times more likely to develop mental-health problems, the research adds.

They are also twice as at risk of suffering from a lingering illness and one-and-half times more likely to be obese. 

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Why we need longitudinal research to address the impacts of COVID-19 | by UCL Public Policy | Policy Postings: UCL Public Policy Blog | Jun, 2020

Why we need longitudinal research to address the impacts of COVID-19 | by UCL Public Policy | Policy Postings: UCL Public Policy Blog | Jun, 2020 | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
It is clear that the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for individuals, families and society will be deep and long-lasting. However, we still don’t fully understand the impact of the virus, nationally or regionally, or how it will entrench existing challenges such as inequalities or mental health.
Data and evidence from longitudinal studies will be vital to the UK’s COVID-19 response. Harnessing the power of existing longitudinal studies will help to understand the immediate and long-term impacts on individuals, families and communities, providing valuable information for research and policy throughout and after the pandemic. Crucially, due to the unique nature of longitudinal studies, it will also be possible to track the longer-term consequences and impacts for years to come.
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Keeping key workers working: the role of pre-school childcare - Institute For Fiscal Studies - IFS

Keeping key workers working: the role of pre-school childcare - Institute For Fiscal Studies - IFS | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
An important part of the UK policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been to try to help ensure key workers with children have access to sufficient childcare. Children of key workers are allowed to continue attending school and childcare settings, and both schools and early years providers are working to ensure wraparound care outside of school hours. Non-working partners, or those working from home, are also expected to provide childcare for key workers in some families. This observation discusses remaining areas of concern on why key workers still might face childcare-related constraints that restrict their ability to work at this critical time, and we highlight short-run policy changes that can help.
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How to set up a wellbeing centre in your school

How to set up a wellbeing centre in your school | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Having been the editor of IE for a year and a half now, I’ve seen plenty of mental health initiatives from hygge lessons to morning meditation. One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve visited more independent schools is the increasing number which have a wellbeing centre.But, I wonder, when did they start popping up? What do they consist of? And, crucially, are they a gimmick or do they work?Edge Grove School opened its wellbeing centre in October 2019. It’s located in the ‘Rose Garden’ block of the school – space that became available due to the opening of its new lower school building.
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University of Leeds | News > Health > Playing video games linked to higher BMI in kids

University of Leeds | News > Health > Playing video games linked to higher BMI in kids | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Playing video games as a young child has been linked to an increased body mass index (BMI) as a teenager.

Scientists from the University looked at the health and behaviour of more than 16,000 children in the UK at multiple points during their childhood and early adolescence – first at age five, then again at seven and 14.

They found that children who regularly played video games as a young child had a higher BMI nine years later, compared to those who did not play video games.
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LGBTQ Kids Are More Likely To Face Mental Health Problems

Being a preteen is pretty stressful and overwhelming for most kids as they're growing up. You're working through puberty, navigating adolescent crushes, dealing with peer pressure and bullies, and just trying to figure out who you want to be in the world. And if you happen to be queer, those problems are likely to be all the worse. A new study published in the Lancet: Child and Adolescent Health found gay, lesbian, bisexual, and other queer kids are much more likely to deal with mental health problems than their straight peers. 
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These Kids Are More Likely To Face Mental Health Problems, Study Finds

These Kids Are More Likely To Face Mental Health Problems, Study Finds | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Being a preteen is pretty stressful and overwhelming for most kids as they’re growing up. You’re working through puberty, navigating adolescent crushes, dealing with peer pressure and bullies, and just trying to figure out who you want to be in the world. And if you happen to be queer, those problems are likely to be all the worse. A new study published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health found gay, lesbian, bisexual, and other queer kids are much more likely to deal with mental health problems than their straight peers. 
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Why the Arts Matter for Kids’ Self-Esteem

Why the Arts Matter for Kids’ Self-Esteem | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Middle school can be tough on an adolescent’s self-esteem. Social comparison often becomes fierce, leading to feelings of unworthiness that can have negative consequences in years to come.
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Parents are fitter than kids according to survey

Parents are fitter than kids according to survey | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Research carried out by Decathlon has found that children tend to be the least active family members. 77 per cent of 7,600 parents questioned said that they exercised more frequently than their children, even when PE lessons were taken into account.

In 2017, Cycling UK said that getting more children cycling to school should be a public health priority after the Millennium Cohort Study highlighted a ‘stark’ increase in the proportion of children who are overweight or obese between the ages of seven and 11.
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Teens are spending ‘too long’ looking at screens and not getting enough exercise, says study –

Teens are spending ‘too long’ looking at screens and not getting enough exercise, says study – | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
LESS than one in four teenagers hit the recommended target of two hours or less screen time a day, research has found.

Less than half of kids aged 14 do the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a day and one in ten fail to get their eight hours of sleep on a school night.
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“National scandal”: 250,000 children in the UK are unhappy

“National scandal”: 250,000 children in the UK are unhappy | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The Children’s Society’s annual Good Childhood report finds that even one experience of income poverty led to lower life satisfaction and higher depressive symptoms by the time a child reaches 14 years old
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Parents are fitter than kids according to survey

Parents are fitter than kids according to survey | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
79 per cent of parents say that their family makes no effort to exercise
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Screen Time May Be No Worse For Kids Than Eating Potatoes

Screen Time May Be No Worse For Kids Than Eating Potatoes | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Oxford have used data from over 300,000 teenagers and parents in the US and UK to show that time spent staring at computer screens, video games, and smartphones has almost no significant effect on a child's well-being.
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