BIG ISSUE: Closing the Gap

The latest news, features and views on closing the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children and the literacy gap.

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DfE funds £6.5m plan to tackle early language gap

Under-fives living in disadvantaged areas are to benefit from additional help with their early speech and communication skills, as part of a £6.5m investment from...


Health visitors to be trained to close the word gap

A thousand health visitors in the most deprived parts of England will be given specialist training to help close the language gap between disadvantaged children...


Gap likely to grow in social mobility 'coldspots'

The Government’s shift in focus towards childcare as a means of getting parents back to work, away from good quality early years education, is affecting settings’...


Andrea Leadsom's group seeks to plug gaps for 0-2s

A new cross-Government ministerial group, chaired by the leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom MP, has been working to identify gaps in support and services...


MPs blame Government's 30-hour childcare policy for 'entrenching inequality'

The Government should review 30 hour childcare to address the ‘perverse consequences’ that are leading to a growing gap between disadvantaged children and their...


Gap between poor five-year-olds and their better-off peers has grown

The early learning gap between children in poverty and their peers has widened in half of areas across England, according to new analysis.


Children's early cognitive skills should be prioritised to close the disadvantage gap

Early years services must prioritise children’s cognitive development to combat income-related learning gaps, an early intervention charity has warned.


Relaunched Social Mobility Commission finds 'deep unease' about gap between rich and poor

Findings from a survey by the Social Mobility Commission, which relaunched today, reveal that people want the Government and schools to do more to help the less...


EYFS data highlights growing gap between disadvantaged children and their peers

The gap between children on free school meals and their peers at the end of Reception has widened, updated data from the EYFS Profile shows.


New 'Ready for School' fund to close attainment gap

A‘Ready for School’ fund is being launched to test approaches to close the communication and language gap for disadvantaged children in the North of England.



Interview - Cerys Griffiths

The BBC’s new early years language and literacy initiative aims to halve the pre-school language gap. Cerys Griffiths, who leads the project, tells the story so far