Sunday 30 April 2017

Katherine Donnelly: Plan must heed lessons from the past

'The right policies, backed by sufficient resources, can help children to override an unequal start.' Stock photo: Getty
'The right policies, backed by sufficient resources, can help children to override an unequal start.' Stock photo: Getty
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

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.

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