Katherine Donnelly: Plan must heed lessons from the past
There is no doubt about the benefit of targeting educational supports at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. In two words: it works.
The seeds of educational disadvantage are sown in the first months and years of life. A child entering primary school who has never had a book read to them is already behind, and may never catch up.
The right policies, backed by sufficient resources, can help children to override an unequal start.