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Helping every pupil to fly high

Early intervention is vital to tackle educational inequality before it becomes entrenched, argues Megan Dixon, so all teachers must understand how to identify children who need extra support

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The Early Intervention Foundation’s recent report, Realising the Potential of Early Intervention, makes for sobering reading. It starts with some startling facts: poverty and economic disadvantage have a “particularly negative impact” on children’s cognitive, social and emotional skills. Gaps in development can be seen as early as two years old, and these gaps persist and grow throughout primary and secondary school.

However, the report goes on to assert that these gaps are not set in stone and there is growing evidence about what can help: early intervention (read the report at ...

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