Following a survey of school leaders in June and July 2017, The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) and the Family and Childcare Trust have presented the findings in their School Ready? report. The findings show that children’s school readiness is an area of concern with the majority of respondents believing that school readiness has declined significantly in the last five years.
83% of respondents identified school readiness as being a problem with the following cited as common reasons:
Lack of funding (88%)
Failure to identify and support additional needs early enough (67%)
Lack of resources for parents and pressures on family life (66%)
Respondents also raised particular concerns regarding communication skills and physical development; 97% listed speech, language and communication problems as a major concern.
The NAHT and the Family and Childcare Trust are calling on the government to “prioritise funding for support for families in the early years to help set children up to learn at school and beyond.”