The BBC is reporting new research that suggests four out of 10 of England’s poorest boys start school without the language skills needed to learn…
Researchers for the “Read On. Get On.” campaign warned that these children, who lag 15 months behind their peers at the age of five, might never catch up.
It found the poorest girls did not fare as badly as boys, but 27% were below the basic language level at that stage…
Research body Education Datalab analysed the National Pupil Database and data from a longitudinal study of 19,000 children to see how many children in England were reaching the expected level in language at age five.
They also looked at last year’s national results of the Early Years Foundation Stage – an assessment of children’s ability carried out in schools at the end of Reception year.
Researchers used eligibility as a definition for the poorer children as it compared their language skills on starting school, and their subsequent attainment, with that of their classmates.
The report said toddlers’ early language skills were a vital stepping stone in learning to read.
It added that those falling as much as 15 months behind before they reach school are unlikely ever to catch up.
The Read On, Get On campaign is calling for urgent government investment to boost skills of nursery staff to improve language development before school starts.
Dame Julia Cleverdon, chairwoman of Read On, Get On, said: “Poor children, and poor boys in particular, are being set up to fail because too many haven’t developed the building blocks of learning before they arrive at the school gate for the first time…”
I don’t have a link to the research, but you can find out more about Read On, Get On at their website.
Worrying findings from Read On, Get On but what do you think can actually be done about it?
The suggestion is to focus more resources at nursery level but where does this end – will schools have to take over parenting completely?
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