State of Education survey report 2016 - Page 19

Why aren’t pupils’ school-ready? We listed some reasons why children might not be at the expected level when they enter school, either at primary or secondary stage, and asked school leaders to tell us which reasons most commonly apply in their setting. Overall, a lack of social skills is the most-cited reason when responses are pooled from both phases, with almost three-quarters (72%) of school leaders selecting it from our list. The next most-cited reasons are a lack of self-help skills/resilience (66%) and delayed speech (65%). When comparing the experiences of the different phases, we see that lower than expected academic levels are the most common reasons for poor school-readiness among pupils entering secondary school. Lower than expected reading levels is cited by over three-quarters of secondary school leaders (76%), followed by lower writing levels (63%) and lower numeracy levels (56%). At primary level, more school leaders considered a lack of social skills (79%) to be one of the most common reasons for children not being at the expected level when they join; delayed speech (78%) and a lack of self-help skills/resilience (69%) were the next most selected options. Both primary and secondary school leaders say that low self-esteem is in part responsible for pupils not being school-ready. A third (33%) of primary leaders cite it as a contributing factor, and more than four in 10 (47%) of those in secondary settings. More needs to be done [\[[\[]8&XYx&HYX[[]^H[XX[H[ [XYH[X[\][ۂ[H]HوH\܈[]BYYHXYX[X\X]]ܚۋ\\YYZ[[][ۜ\][Z[Y\›]XX\Y\[X[H\\\[]HHX\YXBXZ\[[[][ \\H[HݚY[[ܙH\ܝ܈X]H\[[[[[H[\[]HHYH[[[[H H]H[H\HY\[ܛHHۙHHܙ]\[\HܙY[[YH\[ܙX\[H\X[X[[\X[ۈ\H^Hو[[[YK\\[H\][Bۈ\ۙKH]H[^\\HXBX[[H[H[XYH][Y[[[\X[ۈ[ˈH[YY[\[[\[\[XXH[[[[X[ [YH[\X[ۜ\K\H\X]]H܈ܞHXY[܈^Z[H\[YHX\]Z\\\\[ۋ]XH[[[[H\HX]]Y\˂\[X[H\XوX\[H^H\Z[B\[ۋZY[Y[[\\\]Y[B[YK[]X[BXYXX\][ \و[[BBBB[X\H[][ۘ[XY\وYX][ۂB[HX]HR^T\ܝ]HوYX][ۈ\^H M˝Z^\\ܝ BNB