The BBC is reporting a new study for Save the Children that suggests children with poor language skills at age five are significantly more likely to struggle with maths at age 11.
It found 21% of pupils who struggled with language as they began school, failed to meet the expected standards in national tests when they left…
Academics at the Institute of Education analysed the progress of 5,000 children using data from the Millennium Cohort Study and the National Pupil Database in England.
23% of children who struggled with language at age five, did not reach the expected standard in their Sats (national tests) at age 11, the study found…
Gareth Jenkins, from Save the Children, says the research demonstrates for the first time the most crucial determinant of success in Sats tests is how well children can communicate when they start school.
The poorest children are more likely to start school without simple skills, such as being able to tell a short story, express feelings and communicate easily with a wide range of adults
The charity says the research should prompt a national debate about how to drive up the quality of nursery provision.
I haven’t seen the original study (anyone got a link?), but could there be a case of something that is a correlation being treated as a cause by Save the Children here?
What do you make of the apparent study findings?
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