5 year-olds who can’t learn – are parents to blame?


A leading educator has blamed parents whose children start primary school unable to learn. Dr Elizabeth Sidwell has called for a campaign aimed at improving parenting skills, the Daily Mail reports.

Speaking to headteachers in London, Dr Sidwell said that poor parenting, combined with under -performing primary schools, will result in thousands of children who struggle with the three Rs.

Parents should be encouraged to talk with and read to their children every day, give them breakfast and get them to school on time. Dr Sidwell, the Schools Commissioner, said that some parents don’t get up in time to take their children to school and that many of them are in ‘workless households’.

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