Martin George

Why early years training could boost social mobility

Secondary staff with EY knowledge would be better skilled to help struggling pupils catch up, experts say

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Closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and those from more affluent backgrounds is a key priority for both the government and Ofsted.

Could making an understanding of good early years teaching a prerequisite for all teachers’ training help schools to improve social mobility more widely?

For the Education Endowment Foundation, a charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, the earlier in a pupil’s life that problems are addressed, the better. By secondary school, even the best catch-up programmes can only go so far in turning ...

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