Growing Up in Scotland: How do socio-economic factors affect primary schoolchildren's language ability?

Date: 4th June 2019
Category: Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities


This report investigates the improvement of language ability during the primary school years and identifies factors which appear to help and hinder improvement over this period.

The report explores first whether there remains a 'gap' in expressive language ability between more and less advantaged children towards the end of the primary school period. The report then identifies characteristics, circumstances and experiences present over the primary school years which appear to help or hinder children's expressive language development, relative to their peers. In doing so, the report helps us understand more about what might help children improve during this period. The findings may therefore help policy makers and others target their efforts to reduce the attainment gap, as well as pointing to avenues for further research.

Read the full report here