The Millennium Cohort Study is a huge ongoing project which is examining the social conditions which today's children will encounter as they grow up, and so looks at a wide range of topics such as education, parenting, social class and more. The project is so named because it gathers its data from observations of over 18,000 children born in the 12 months from 1st September 2000.
The latest report from the project suggests that girls have an established educational lead over boys even before they start school at the age of five. Although this claim is the one that has caught the headlines, the report also contains information about families, child health, child poverty and much more. As a snapshot of children's lives in the UK today, this is a wonderful resource.
The new report is the third study to be released by the project, and can be accessed by clicking here and following the appropriate link. To look at the previous reports, the first study and second study are also available online (again, you'll need to follow the links here and then click on the PDF symbols, as I'm unable to provide direct links).