We know from our own work with families that children who come from vulnerable and disadvantaged families are most at risk of experiencing problems with school readiness. In 2011 the Sutton Trust found that children who come from low-income or disadvantaged families are often up to a year behind in their development...
Remember trying to learn how to count to a hundred when you were a kid? What about learning to drive? Do you remember the satisfaction and pride you felt after you mastered these skills? We all want to learn new skills, whether it be a technical skill or just something interesting to study, people feel a certain sense of satisfaction when learning something new. Learning is a part of personal development; every time you learn something new, you get a bit closer to reaching your full potential.
Careers in digital are only going to evolve and expand in years to come, and it's the current students in university and pupils in school who are going to create new products and services that people will use around the world, and will be based on business models that started from a bedroom desk and one laptop
Socrates and Plato were not just brilliant minds and orators, but also great athletes and soldiers. Leonardo Da Vinci was probably the most diversely talented human ever, excelling at painting, sculpting , architecture , mathematics , anatomy and more. He could probably even dance and cook, the bastard.
As young or mature adult learners, I think it's very important to do some self-assessment here and then, and check that what we believe to be true is not in fact a construct of our underlying fears: we do create barriers for ourselves for example when we are scared of being seen as incompetent or foolish.
Individuals 'learn' because it serves them in some way, and children of course are more instinctive than adults. Regardless of learning style, a young child will want to learn something as a way of exploring the world, and will use all senses: this is because the rational brain is not yet in many cases ready to retain information merely from sitting down and 'taking notes'.
New reality: get good marks that few think are credible, go to university, accumulate student debt, compete against global peers, work an average 43 hour week, rent, raise a family if you can afford it, zig-zag for 45 years through dozens of companies, retire with whatever you have managed to save, live to 81.
One of the most detrimental periods in a child's life is the summer holiday. It is soon to be an issue that will impact many children in Britain, as schools will soon break up for summer; and learning will slip a dramatically. The summer learning loss is one that currently has negative consequences in later life, and must be dealt with immediately.