Educated parents are key to school success, study finds

The TES is reporting new research that suggests children whose parents are highly educated are far more likely to perform well at school than those whose parents are unskilled or manual workers…

And children of the best-qualified parents tend to be the best-performing in the classroom. Pupils whose parents held postgraduate degrees scored significantly higher than their peers in a range of cognitive tests conducted by academics at the University of London’s Institute of Education.

The study tested 13,000 children, all born in the UK between 2000 and 2002, on a series of vocabulary, problem-solving and decision-making tasks.

The vocabulary test required children to read sets of words and relate them to one another. For example, an adult might say “banana, apple and orange” and the child must respond that all three are fruit. Children whose parents had higher degrees scored an average of nine points more than children of parents with no qualifications.

And children of professional parents scored five points more than those whose parents were manual workers, and six points more than those whose parents were unemployed.

This gap in verbal skills between the offspring of the most and the least educated parents has existed since these children were three years old, the academics say…

The full report is available here

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The TES article on where bears go to the toilet and the religion of Popes through the ages is next week apparently

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Those who got something out of education will impart that onto their offspring. Those who didn’t will do the opposite

  3. andylutwyche

    rachelrossiter Fair question, similar to the Spiderman issue as I can’t see a zip on the suit #GreatMysteriesOfOurTime

  4. jordyjax

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I’m now wondering about the religious beliefs of bears….:))) # curious #afterlifeofbears

  5. andylutwyche

    jordyjax SchoolsImprove It’s an important question; no doubt a govt funded study could be made and reported in the relevant media

  6. jordyjax

    rachelrossiter I was following your thread! Love #thinkingoutsidethebox haha:))) weekend in front of us too….have a good one :))))

  7. Nor_edu

    LiterateCynic DrDav SchoolsImprove and general submersion in higher levels of language and communication from an early age too

  8. LiterateCynic

    Nor_edu DrDav SchoolsImprove 1) Home environment, holidays, outings all with greater ‘educational’/ cultural element. Schoolwork support.

  9. LiterateCynic

    Nor_edu DrDav SchoolsImprove 2) Not always to kids’ liking but absolute key is understanding the importance of learning & knowledge.

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