The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission says the development gap between rich and poor five-year-olds must halve for a more equal society.
Pre school pupils from poor backgrounds are still lagging behind by the time they take GCSEs, with those pupils half as likely to get five good GCSEs as their wealthier peers, according to the commission. This means that those pupils have less chance of going to good universities.
Commission chairman Alan Milburn, calls for more stretching objectives for the early years and a new national definition of school readiness.
“Current signs of progress do not go nearly far or fast enough to address the gulf between the divided Britain of the present and the One Nation Britain we aspire to become.” states Mr Milburn. The commission also calls for a rethink of teacher pay and the funding of teacher training.
The commission also states “At the very bottom of society there are more than one million children living a life of persistent poverty.
“They are excluded from sharing in the many opportunities that life in modern Britain affords.”
The government has said however it is waging an ‘all out war against poverty’ citing the new minimum wage , the pupil premium and extra cash pumped into schools, to help pupils from poor backgrounds.
The 2015 Bradford Family Learning Festival has the theme of Colour and Light.
The festival is taking place across the autumn half term break, and promises loads of activities for families across the Bradford District The Festival is run with our partners at the National Media Museum, the National Trust and Forster’s Bistro along with the Impressions Gallery and Bradford Council’s library service.
During the 23rd of October to the 31st October, Bradford libraries along with Bradford’s museums, will be hosting various colourful events readings and craft activities. East Riddlesden Hall will be encouraging visitors to make coloured lanterns in time for Halloween and at Cliffe Castle, create your very own stained glass to take home! Get your picture taken in a variety of colourful costumes at the Impressions Gallery in Centenary Square. Come to the science events at Forsters Bistro and check out the Media Museum where creative events will be running, throughout the week! There is something for everybody!
Contact your local Bradford library in the first instance, or click the picture above for more information.
Education secretary Nicky Morgan is teaming up with Little Britain actor and writer David Walliams to promote library membership. The Department for Education will also support the Reading Agency to work with schools to get more Year 3 pupils (aged 7-8) enrolled at their local library.
Nicky Morgan says: “No matter where they live or what their background, every single child in this country deserves the opportunity to read, to read widely, and to read well – it’s a simple matter of social justice…That’s why I am pleased to team up with David on this national mission to make our young people the most literate in Europe.”
David Walliams adds:”In a world of the constant distractions of television and computer games, it is more important than ever to encourage youngsters to read.”
Half of under two year olds who are entitled to free nursery places are not taking up the offer, according to Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of OFSTED. Those from disadvantaged backgrounds can make huge strides to match the attainment of their wealthier peers, if they were able to attend he states. However, the department for Education disagrees.