State of Education survey report 2016 - Page 16

In your opinion, what proportion of pupils join your school below the level of school-readiness you would expect? Percentage of pupils below school-readiness None 1 - 10 % 2% 14% 11 - 20 % 21 - 30 % Percentage of schools where this is the case 18% 16% 31 - 40 % 41 - 50 % Over 50% 11% 10% 30% Below expectations More than nine in 10 (98%) school leaders say that a proportion of pupils join their school below the level of school-readiness they expect, and three in 10 (30%) say that more than half of pupils are below expected levels when they arrive. This is more widespread in the primary phase, where nearly a third (31%) of school leaders say that more than half of new pupils are not school-ready. In secondary schools, the proportion of pupils below the level expected is more commonly between one per cent and 20%, but one in 10 (10%) leaders still finds that more than half of each new intake isn’t ready for secondary education. While it’s common across the country for more than half of new pupil intakes to be below the level expected – affecting at least 20% of schools in each region – it is most widespread in northern regions. The north east, north west and Yorkshire and Humberside have the highest proportion of schools (between 34% and 39%) where more than half of pupils join below the level of readiness school leaders expect. London, however, is close behind, with 32% of schools taking in new cohorts where more than half of pupils aren’t ‘school ready’. We are having more and more children entering our early years stage with delayed speech and a lack of school readiness. I feel much of this is down to challenging family circumstances alongside the rise of mobile phones and other mobile technology, which means parents are more often to be seen on the phone than talking to their children.” School leader 16 State of Education Survey 2016 | Find further comment at