Boys’ twice as likely to fall behind girls’ in early language skills: University of Bristol study report

Boys 'twice as likely to fall behind girls' in early language skills University of Bristol study report


According to a study conducted by the University of Bristol, a quarter of boys in England were found to be falling behind girls in meeting early language and communication goals set by the Early Years Foundation Stage as compared with 14% of girls. The assessment was based on pupil listening to simple instructions and answering "how" and "why" questions.

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In the earlier researches made, it was found that girls were more likely to develop attributes and behaviours that enables learning such as persistence, independence and flexible thinking. The report stated that it couldn't observe anything hinting at the reason behind gender gap being related with that of biological origin or social processes.

"We must invest in the best early years provision, led by early years teachers and supported by skilled staff at all levels, particularly in the most deprived areas," the report concluded.