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Internal News - 26 November 2007

Changes in patterns of bringing up children are documented in new report

A report by four University of Bath academics which reviews research on changes in the way children are brought up has been published.

‘Parenting, Caring and Education’, commissioned by The Primary Review, is written by Dr Yolande Muschamp, Dr Felicity Wikeley and Dr Maria Balarin, of the Department of Education, and Dr Tess Ridge, of the Department of Social & Policy Sciences.

Drawing on a representative selection of the extensive literature, with government data and material from bibliographic and research institute databases, the report examines changes in the structure and formation of the family. It also looks at changes in parenting practice, in relationships between parents and schools and in parents’ role supporting their children in learning.

Among the report’s conclusions are that there are an increasing number of children living in relative poverty, which has an impact upon their ability take part fully in school activities, both from a financial and emotional point of view.

The report is one of four published last week which were commissioned by The Primary Review, a wide-ranging and independent enquiry into the condition and future of primary education in England. It is supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and based at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge.