The children who are least likely to attend school regularly – and do well – grow up in households where the adults themselves have very poor literacy skills.
Teachers – get to really know your kids, their families, their community and its history, and what’s going on at home. While school policies are important, relationships are the real keys to success.
Focusing on the opportunity to learn gap removes the emphasis from locating "the problem" in the person, and turns our attention to the differences in access to educational resources.
A New Zealand literacy program is helping to raise Indigenous achievement to mainstream levels.