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Reclaiming the Power of Speech

Throughout England, there is a shocking level of language delay in young boys, which is limiting their potential for academic achievement. Kathryn Boothroyd and Julie Hoodless report on an innovative programme that is successfully reversing this trend.
Young boy in speech lesson

‘The Lost Boys’, a report published by Save The Children in July 2016, highlighted that there isn’t a single location in England where boys are outperforming girls in early language skills, or even coming close. And the report stated that the gender gap is at its most extreme in St Helens, where boys start primary school over 17 percentage points behind their female peers.

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