Pre-school’s ‘protection’ lasts into teen years
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Times Educational Supplement, p. 12, Helen Ward, 10/02/12
Article citing departmental research.
Article on the latest findings from the ongoing Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE 3-14) project, which is tracking 3,000 pupils through their school lives. One of the principal researchers is Pam Sammons, a professor of education at the University of Oxford. The latest findings show how important the quality of pre-school provision is to long-term educational outcomes. Professor Sammons said that the findings were important because pre-school provision is something that society can more easily control than a child’s home life or upbringing. “At 14, there is still a benefit that has lasted,” she said. “Children may have only had 18 months at pre-school, but we still find that the effect has lasted after many years.”