These are the boys who have fallen behind girls in the communication skills they need to cope in class.
The research by the charity Save the Children and researchers from Bristol University says that this gap exists regardless of social class.
A professor of education at Bristol University said ” We found gender affects literacy attainment and language development irrespective of social class and includes boys from middle-class homes.”
The worst affected area was Merseyside, where 5-year old boys were 17% behind girls in reaching expected standards in language and communication skills. But even in Rutland, which has low poverty levels, the gap was still 14%.
Girls are ahead of boys in all 152 local council areas in England.
This is worrying because children who fall behind before they reach school tend to stay behind…
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