One in seven 5-year-old Brits can’t write their own nameNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:06 am ICT by admin
The figures also show that a quarter fail to reach the expected levels of emotional development for their age.
Around 21 billion pounds have been invested in a series of initiatives but the latest results for schools in England show little improvement in children’s language and literacy and personal, social and emotional development.
According to the figures, 289,000 children i.e. 54 per cent of five year olds failed to meet the standard, signifying that there was a decline in their standards of behaviour, respect for others and readiness to learn.
The figures from the Department for Children, Schools and Families also showed that 35 per cent failed to recognize simple words such as ‘dog’ or ‘pen’, 12 per cent couldn’t count to ten, 11 per cent didn’t understand what addition involves, and 8 per cent didn’t know that in English print is read from left to right and top to bottom.
This year’s results, for 535,000 infants, will put pressure on ministers following research from Durham University which found that huge state investment in nurseries and childcare had failed to improve toddlers’ ability to learn.
Tory families spokesman Maria Miller said that the figures were further proof that the flagship Sure Start scheme aimed at helping the poorest families was ‘not doing enough to help the children that are most in need’.
However, Children’s Minister Beverley Hughes said that attempts to lift communication skills were beginning to yield benefits. (ANI)
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