A Charity Warns That Pupils Behind At the Age of Seven Fail To Catch Up

Children who fall behind at school before the age of seven are likely to stay behind, the charity ‘Save the Children’ has warned. The charity analysed 2012 data on the performance of pupils at schools in England.

It shows the poorest pupils are less likely to have made good progress than their better-off peers.

The charity’s chief executive, Justin Forsyth, said:

Many children starting school this term already have the odds stacked against them.

In his foreword to the report, he writes

Seven is too young to write off a child,” but he adds that without good reading skills “all other subjects are a closed book.

The report cites official figures that suggest that by the age of seven the future gap in GCSE results between rich and poor children has already been established.

In 2012, about 13% of seven-year-olds, or 76,000 pupils, were not at the expected reading level.

Save the Children is launching a programme called Born to Read, aiming to help about 23,000 children in England to read over the next four years.

What we as parents need to take from these reports is to do our very best not to be part of these statistics. Our children must get involved in more reading and we must continue to encourage them to do so. Let’s make the library a frequent place to go to with our children. The earlier they say, is the better.

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