Children are less ready for school than five years ago, say school leaders

13 Sep 2017
Posted By: SG   |   Source: Family and Childcare Trust   |   URL:


A new survey of school leaders, published by NAHT and the Family and Childcare Trust, shows 8 out of 10 reporting that many children arrive at primary school unable to cope with classroom activities. 86% of leaders also believe that children’s school readiness is worse than it was 5 years ago.

“School leaders highlighted particular concerns about communication skills and physical development. Speech, language and communication problems were the biggest issues with 97 per cent of respondents identifying these problems as a concern.”

They are calling for the Government to fund support for families in the early years to prepare children for school and beyond.

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