Children living near Sure Start centres did better at GCSEs, study suggests

Education / Tue 9th Apr 2024 at 08:40am

CHILDREN from low-income families who grew up near a Sure Start centre did better than their peers at GCSEs, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) reports the BBC.

Its research says those living near a centre performed up to three grades better than those further away.
Sure Start began in 1998 to support new parents, especially in disadvantaged areas, but many centres have closed.

The Department for Education (DfE) said its family hubs scheme had a “number of advantages” over the Sure Start model.

The IFS study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, used postcodes from when children were five years old to determine roughly how close the nearest centre was.

It then looked at the GCSE results of those children 11 years later and found “big improvements” in the performance of those living near a centre, especially those from low-income backgrounds.

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3 Comments for Children living near Sure Start centres did better at GCSEs, study suggests:

Nicholas Taylor
2024-04-09 09:03:28

It is worth noting that the number of such centres reduced by about a third due to the cuts made by the Conservative Government. In the meantime billions of pounds has been poured into schemes in what the Government calls it's "levelling Up" programme, much of which has been about building things, in Harlow's case a tiny music venue, a new road, bus station and paving. A whole generation of young children and their families have missed out on the real opportunity to get "levelled up".

Kim Oconnor
2024-04-09 09:57:13

Indeed Mr Taylor.

Blame the people that are to blame!
2024-04-09 12:37:07

Cameron: Ya know that global financial and banking crisis- Who do we hold responsible and punish? Osborne: Babies. Cameron: Genius. Halfon: ........

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