Poorest children can be a year behind on language skills when they start school

That was the verdict on research by the Sutton Trust, however, it did say that with good parenting that gap can be closed. In this day and age a child’s future shouldn’t be determined by birth, but it does and I am proud that the Liberal Democrats recognise this and is proposing an extra £2.5bn on education, primarily focusing on the poorest pupils to ensure they are up to speed and also not to hold the brightest pupils back. This can be used by headteachers  how they see fit such as smaller class sizes, one on one tuition or more teaching assistants in classrooms.


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