Reducing inequalities: realising the talents of all

Authors:
FEINSTEIN Leon, et al
Publisher:
National Children's Bureau
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
63p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

The report reveals that the middle socio-economic groups have the highest number of children who, without additional help, will face disadvantage later in life. It highlights that universal services are needed for all children, not just targeted services for the poorest children or those that score worst on risk assessment. This report is groundbreaking in its exploration of the link between children, schools and families and the impact that schools, families and the community have on children’s outcomes. Evidence tells us that able but disadvantaged children are not doing as well as they should be. If we work to strengthen parents’ ability to support learning; children’s ability to regulate their own behaviour; rethink the goals of the school experience; and extend learning deep into every community, we will see improvement. Without action, schools will remain part of why social disparities pass from generation to generation and children’s externalising behaviours will simply be treated as a problem of discipline Findings from the report state that children’s chance of success in later life depends on their ability to exert self-control in stressful situations, not only - as has been suggested before - on their reading or mathematical ability. The publication also reports that if parents - regardless of their social class, education or wealth – support their child’s learning they can reduce inequalities and increase their child’s chances in life by having a positive influence at every stage of their development.

Subject terms:
parenting, parents, schools, socioeconomic groups, children, educational performance;
Content type:
research
ISBN print:
978 1 905818 20 4

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