School leaders’ union, NAHT, has welcomed the recommendations of the Save the Children report on the impact of early poverty on young lives.
Russell Hobby, general secretary of NAHT (National Association of Head Teachers), said: “NAHT has continually stressed the importance of investment in early years’ education as a way of closing the future attainment gap for children from poorer backgrounds.
“This report by Save the Children makes it plain, yet again, that by the age of seven, a child’s life chances have often been set. We need to get in early to provide as much help as we can to prevent poverty from stifling natural ability and ambition. Who knows what contribution these children could make if their pathways to greater academic achievement and future career were as easy as that of their more fortunate peers?
“The charity’s recommendations for a reading campaign, parenting guidance and extra cash towards a ‘fair chance premium’ in early primary look exciting. Substantially boosting the pupil premium for every eligible primary child would also help schools provide targeted resources for struggling young pupils.
“We hope all political parties will take on board the points made by Save the Children; investing early in our young children would pay dividends for all of us once these pupils become working adults.”
Link to Save the Children report: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/resources/online-library/too-young-fail
Page Published: 08/10/2013