Welcome to the Nuffield Foundation e-newsletter, which brings you highlights from projects that have recently reported, an update on our main programmes, and details of new projects funded.
News from Nuffield-funded projects
Team from Lancaster University and the Alliance for Useful Evidence to establish scope and delivery of a new family justice observatory
We have appointed a team led by Dr Karen Broadhurst to undertake an 18-month scoping study comprising a national call for evidence, a series of focus groups, and a review of existing observatories.
Nuffield Early Language Intervention improves skills for up to four months
An independent evaluation of this evidence-based oral language intervention for children in nursery and reception found that it improves vocabulary, grammar and listening skills by as much as four months.
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.
Scotland’s fiscal framework does not satisfy Smith’s ‘Taxpayer fairness’ principle
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 government placed more weight on.
What and where you study matter for graduate earnings – but so does parents’ income
Anonymised tax data and student loan records for 260,000 students up to ten years after graduation shows that graduates from richer family backgrounds earn significantly more after graduation than their poorer counterparts, even after completing the same degrees from the same universities.
School spending focused more on poorest schools over past 20 years
Spending per pupil in 2013–14 among 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). This gap of more than 30% now compares with a gap of just 15% in the late 1990s.
Younger generations are on course to have less wealth at each point in life than earlier generations and inheritances do little to even out wealth holdings
A special edition of Fiscal Studies explores the concentration of wealth among a small number of households and draws attention to the relative lack of data on wealth holdings, especially among the very wealthiest.
New book reveals the ‘selective austerity’ since the financial crisis
Although the financial crisis and subsequent recession hit the economy hard, Britain’s welfare state did initially protect many of the most vulnerable from its sharpest effects. But that protection was not uniform, with the young suffering more than those of pension age.