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(UK) Shocking report: 30% of Dorset children unprepared for school; lacking basic skills

Sept 7, 2018, Dorset Echo: Schoolchildren in Dorset lack the basic skills they need when starting school http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/16693939.schoolchildren-in-dorset-lack-the-basic-skills-they-need-when-starting-school/ HUNDREDS of children in Dorset could be starting school this month without basic skills such as being able to hold a pencil or go to the toilet by themselves. Public Health England measures a child’s ‘school readiness’ according to whether they have reached a good level of development at the end of reception, before entering their first compulsory year of education at age five. Just 69 per cent of children in the Dorset County Council area were at a good level in the 2016-17 academic year, the latest year for which data is available with figures for Bournemouth and Poole showing that 75 per cent of children were at the same standard. This means around 2,200 children - more than one in four - may not have been ready for school by the time they entered Year 1…. Subject areas assessed, including communication and language, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development. These cover skills such as being able to communicate thoughts and feelings, socialise with others, go to the toilet unaided, and perform basic physical tasks such as holding a pencil or kicking a ball. However, literacy and maths are also assessed, in which children score lower than they do in the other subjects. …