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    Promoting equality in the early years

    Sylva, K. and Melhuish, Ted and Sammons, P. and Siraj-Blatchford, I. and Taggart, B. (2007) Promoting equality in the early years. Project Report. The Equalities Review, Cabinet Office, London, UK.

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    This report begins with a description of achievement ‘gaps’ for young children from a range of ethnic and social backgrounds. Part 1 describes the contribution of child factors, family influences and pre-school and primary education to children’s achievement. Part 2 looks closely at the influence of families, especially the ways they foster children’s academic and social/behavioural development. It then shows that disadvantaged families can support the development of resilience in their children, leading to greater academic success and to more positive Selfregulation. Part 3 provides qualitative case studies of children who have ‘achieved above expectation’. It charts the positive influences that families living in poverty have brought to bear on their children. It also highlights the important role of grandparents, siblings and the community in promoting skills and aspirations. Part 4 is a discussion of which children attend, and do not attend pre-school and the reasons for this divide. The final part explores the policy recommendations with practical suggestions for ‘closing the gap’.


    Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2020 14:39
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:59


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