Shocking figures have revealed that one in six boys cannot write their name after a year of schooling. The report, from the Department of Education, claims sixteen per cent of boys at the end of their reception year are unable to write their names or other simple words like mum or dad.
And while only half as many girls struggle to write their names, boys were also battling to sound out the alphabet, count to ten, and dress without assistance.
Dame Clare Tickell has been commissioned by the Government to review the curriculum amid growing fears it is too rigid, with experts claiming the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) for under-fives imposes formal learning on children too soon.
The Children's Minister Sarah Teather said: 'I am concerned that boys continue to lag behind girls even before they start school, and that some areas of the country have not seen improvements.'
What do you think?
Is the curriculum for under fives too rigid for your boy?
Has your son struggled with early years schooling?
Do you think class sizes could be to blame?