Boys 'Falling Behind with Language by Age of Five'

Manchester Evening News, July 19, 2016 | Go to article overview

Boys 'Falling Behind with Language by Age of Five'


A CHARITY has warned more than a third of boys in Manchester, Tameside and Salford will struggle to speak a full sentence by the time they start primary school.

The study by Save the Children found boys are nearly twice as likely than girls to have fallen behind by the time they start school.

Save the Children has warned that unless action is taken to ensure all youngsters have access to early education, almost a million young boys could be left behind in the next 10 years.

Manchester was listed as having the sixth biggest gender gap in education standards in the UK, with 33 per cent of boys not meeting standards compared to 18pc of girls.

In Tameside, 34pc of boys were found to be lagging behind, while only 19pc of girls were found to be failing.

Salford was listed as having the tenth biggest gender gap in the country.

The report found 31pc of boys were struggling with language skills, while only 14pc of girls were lagging behind.

Merseyside, where boys start primary school 17.3 percentage points behind their female classmates in language and communication, has the biggest age gap in the country. …

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