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News - 24 September 2014

Five-year-olds were not ready for school.

Government adviser on health inequality Sir Michael Marmot says that future prospects of children in England are being hampered because society fails them in the early years, with data suggesting that half of five-year-olds were not ready for school.
 

Sir Michael, who is director of the University College London's Institute of Health Equity and led a ground-breaking review of health inequalities for the government in 2010, said the development of children in England was still lagging behind that of many other Western countries.
 

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“Since the mid-1990s, the proportion of national wealth being spent on the under-fives has more than doubled, although spending has dropped slightly in recent years. Figures published last year by the Department of Education indicated 52% of children had "good development" at the end of reception year. For those getting free school meals, the figure was 36%.”
 

Sir Michael also reviewed other sources of information covering employment, wellbeing, life expectancy and income.
 

He said while there had been a slight narrowing in life expectancy between the most and least deprived areas, data indicat nearly a quarter of households were living below the minimum income standards - a rise of a fifth in three years.
 

A Department for Education spokesman said extra money was being put into early years.
"No child should start school behind their peers. This is why our plan for education is providing flexible, affordable and good quality childcare.
 

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