Wealthy children more than a year ahead when they start school in Scotland

The TES is reporting research that suggests children from the wealthiest parts of Scotland are already 14 months ahead of their peers from poorer neighbourhoods when they start school.

The Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (Pips) figures on P1 children, who usually start aged 5, also shows that progress in school over that year varies widely depending on which school a child goes to, by as much as 12 months for reading and 14 months for maths.

Save the Children’s head of Scotland, Neil Mathers, was shocked by the “gaping chasm” in educational development between children from the most and least deprived areas.

“Too many of these children will start school struggling to learn and never catch up,” said Mr Mathers, who called for investment in the early years to narrow this “inexcusable gap”.

The figures were published quietly on the same day that first minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed her government would press ahead with controversial plans for standardised testing in P1, P4, P7 and S3. The tests are designed to kick-start efforts to close the achievement gap…

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We know Scotland has a significant gap in attainment between children from the most and least deprived areas – as no doubt do most places – but is it really any surprise the most advantaged children will be well ahead by the time they start schools?

Would it not be fairly amazing for that not to be the case?

What changes would be needed to really make a difference?

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