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Ofsted: Sure Start 'has failed to close the gap in education'

The chief school inspector has told ITV News the Government's Sure Start programme has failed to close the gap in educational achievement between rich and poor students. He also claimed nurseries are failing to get children ready for school.

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Ofsted: Poorer children getting 'an unsure start'

The head of Ofsted has called for nursery age children to take basic numeracy and literacy tests in a bid to close the burgeoning gap in education between privileged and poor youngsters.

Sir Michael Wilshaw will say poorer children are getting "an unsure start" and suggested the education system was letting them down.

Too many of our poorest children are getting an unsure start because the early years system is letting them down.

There are areas of the country, particularly London, where most children do well and the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged is closing.

There is nothing inevitable about the link between poverty and failure. Indeed we have to ask ourselves why, if this is being done well in some places, it isn't being done everywhere else?

– Sir Michael Wilshaw

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