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Why my school accepts children from age 2

Teaching more advanced skills at nursery age can better develop children, says Sarah Ryan

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Barnsole Primary is a large school in a disadvantaged part of Medway. Year-on-year, the children in Barnsole’s Reception classes have entered school with the majority working below what is expected for their age – and a third of children significantly below. They often make good progress in Reception but, for 30 per cent, the gap is always too big to close in a year.

This made us question how we as a school could help these children catch up with their peers to ensure they were ready for the curriculum and pressures of key stage 1.

The answer for us was to make an impact earlier, which meant ...

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