Children from poorer families at a disadvantage in education and health, research shows

The long-term Growing Up in Ireland study found that nine-year-olds from middle-class backgrounds were less likely to be overweight and more likely to do well at school

Only one in four boys said that they always liked school compared 41 per cent of girls

Poorer children are more likely to dislike school, to have a lower reading ability and to be unhealthy than children from middle-class homes, a study from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) on growing up in Ireland has shown.

Gender was also found to be a powerful determinant of how healthy and well behaved nine-year-olds were, as well as what activities they undertook and how much they liked school.

The research is part of ...