Early years and home learning

Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, raised concerns about children’s language development and the home learning environment and talked about needing to explore how “media and modern technology can help to raise awareness and build parents’ confidence around what they can do to help their child’s early language development.”

“It is a persistent scandal that we have children starting school not able to communicate in full sentences, not able to read simple words.”

Building on the Sutton Trust /Oxford University research which showed how PEN’s home learning project impacted on the home learning environment, PEN has applied to the Education Endowment Fund to undertake a larger research project in the North West.

“The home learning environment can be, understandably, the last taboo in education policy – but we can’t afford to ignore it when it comes to social mobility.”

Damian Hinds – Education Secretary