40% of UK's poorest boys fall behind in language skills
According to new research, poor children - especially boys - are falling behind in reading and writing and therefore stunting their progress at school and harming their life prospects.
The report from the "Read On, Get On" campaign says that four out of 10 of England's poorest boys start school without the language skills needed to learn.
The study warns that these children, who lag 15 months behind their peers at the age of five, might never get up to speed, unless more is done to boost early language skills in nursery schools.
Robert Piggott reports.