Bridging attainment is always possible
Sir, With reference to your front page article ‘Deprived children not making it to university’, I have been a lone parent for the 13 years that my son attended local schools and on low enough income to be entitled to some working and child tax credits.
My son was entitled to free school meals but he chose not to take them. I don’t usually speak of his achievements but he gained seven Highers and received three unconditional offers from Scottish universities, one of which he is now attending.
‘Bridging the attainment gap’ is possible.
With all due respect, don’t rely on State provision, be it education or the NHS.
Both his parents contributed to reading to him every day in his early years, routinely helped with homework, taught some subjects not always offered in school, managed quantity and quality of television and computer use, and took him places and to activities of interest requiring little or no money. Most importantly though, I feel, my son was breastfed for more than two years which cost me nothing.
Financially deprived children needn’t be nutritionally deprived in