Success at ‘three Rs’ leads to better job Excelling at the ‘three Rs’ in primary school is the key to having a well-paid job in adulthood regardless of your family background, according to a new study.

Time and again we see the negative impacts of poverty and poor education

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Children’s ability at reading and mathematics at the age of seven has a significant impact on their future job and income prospects even when their overall intelligence, their schooling and their family’s wealth are taken into account, researchers found.

The psychologists, from Edinburgh University, examined data on the lives of 17,000 British people from their birth in 1958 to the present day.

They found that people whose reading skills had been one level above average at the age of seven, for example, went on to earn £5,000 a year more 35 years later, at the age of 42.

Participants with better reading and maths skills aged seven also went on to live in more expensive houses and work in better jobs in adulthood according to the study, which was published in the Psychological Science journal.

The link between early success in school and later earnings remained even after the results…

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