Students from disadvantaged backgrounds should be offered support as early as possible in their school lives, it has been claimed.
Sue Fieldman, regional editor of the Good Schools Guide, said the longer students are allowed to fall behind, the more difficult it is for them to get back on track.
"There should be much more cooperation between teachers, families, social workers, all the various authorities, so these young children can be targeted when they are very, very young and can get the help immediately when it is needed," she commented.
Ms Fieldman noted that "undoubtedly" more resources are needed in schools.
However, she said it is important that these are properly targeted and that teachers have a say in where money is directed.
The Institute of Education claimed recently that there is a striking difference between how well the children of unemployed people do at school, compared to those whose parents work in managerial positions.
Posted by Tim Colman