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They found children born in August were 20% less likely than their classmates born 11 months earlier.in September, to go to Russell Group universities – the top flight that includes Oxford and Cambridge.
Previously, the IFS published research which showed that children born during autumn months - the beginning of the English academic year - were on average achieving better exam results.The birth month of young children can affect their well-being as well as test scores, according to research published today by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS).A report out today suggests that children born in August are more likely to have lower confidence in academic ability and to report being unhappy at school.The results also show that children born in the last month of the academic year are also less likely to attend top universities.Jessica Shepherd writes today: Researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)...studied three data sets, which represent the records of 48,500 children and teenagers in England.The latest findings suggest that the month you were born can affect have longer term consequences through to adulthood.
Claire Crawford, Programme Director at IFS and one of the authors of the report, said: "This suggests that August-born children may end up doing worse than September-born children throughout their working lives, simply because of the month in which they were born." The research which looked at three data sets, representing the records of 48,500 children and teenagers in England has shown some interesting results.Here are the key findings: • Children born in August are 20% more likely to study for a vocational qualification than their classmates born in September• Compared to babies born in September, those born in August exhibit lower socio-emotional development are 2.5 times more likely to report being always unhappy at school• Those born at the end of the academic year are more likely to have lower confidence in their academic ability and less likely to believe in the power to control their own destiny• Parents of August-born children provide a 'richer' home learning environment on average compared to parents of September-born children Ongoing research by the IFS, due to be published in 2012, will attempt to identify the driving forces behind the differences in outcomes for children born in different academic months.The data selection below has been compiled especially for us by Claire Crawford of IFS and shows data from all three of the UK cohort studies used for the analysis - The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE).The variables are shown in two different units of measurement; standard deviation (SD) and percentage points (ppts) which are clearly labelled in all three tables.Claire Crawford provides these helpful examples for how to interpret the results: • The first line of the [MSC] table says that children born in September score, on average, 0.356 standard deviations (i.e.above average), while children born in August score, on average, -0.461 standard deviations (i.e.