Born to Fail?: The National Children's Bureau reports on striking differences in the lives of British

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Based on the National Child Development Study, which followed the progress from birth to maturity of all children born in the UK during 3-9 March, 1958, this ebook is about children and about Britain. Now of historical interest, the study highlighted that the adversities of some children extended into almost every aspect of their health, family circumstances and educational development.

The study explored the enormous inequalities of life for 'disadvantaged' compared with 'ordinary' children and questioned some of the priorities, perspectives and seeming indifference of British society itself.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
Social Conditions of British Children
11
Chances at birth
21
House and neighbourhood
24
Family circumstances
31
IDhealth and physical development
38
School experience and parental interest
44
Behaviour and attainment at school
50
Strategies for the Disadvantaged
59
Suggestions for further reading
62
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Peter Wedge is Emeritus Professor in the School of Health at the University of East Anglia and Visiting Professor in the Department of Social and Community Studies at De Montfort University. He was previously Dean of the School of Economic and Social Studies and founding Dean of the School of Health and Social Work at UEA.

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