Can we close the attainment gap at Reception?

Reception pupils who make a slower start to learning often struggle to make up ground on their more successful peers. How can we reverse the trend, asks Megan Dixon

Early years: How can we close the attainment gap for disadvantaged children?

Imagine a class of Reception children on their first day at school. They excitedly arrive; brand new uniform, smart shoes and clean noses.

By the first half term, it becomes clear to the teacher that some of the children are relishing their time in school. They eagerly soak up every new experience and their learning comes on at a ferocious pace. Keen to keep them moving, the teacher plans more challenging opportunities for these children and they thrive.

In contrast, there is another group of children who seem to find it hard to learn from the experiences in the class. Concerned for their ...

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