Early Years

The Government MUST rethink its early years strategy

The new early years system is lacking, regressive and unlikely to deliver. Natalie Perera, Head of Research at the Education Policy Institute, exposes the strategy’s major flaws.
Nursery teacher playing at desk with pupils

One of the driving ambitions of the Education Policy Institute is to use data and evidence to improve our understanding of effective education policies and practice, particularly those which will help to narrow the gap between the most disadvantaged children and the rest. Our Education in England Annual Report, published last year, found that the gap between the most disadvantaged children and the rest was already 4.3 months at age 5 and accounted for 40 per cent of the overall gap at age 16.

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