Leading Article: We should target those most in need

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The Independent Online

It's no surprise to find that the vocabulary of the poorest children lags more than a year behind that of their peers when they start school, as the Sutton Trust shows in its latest report. But it's good to know that parents can limit the damage by reading to their offspring every day. The Sutton Trust recommends the Government provide 25 hours a week of education to the most disadvantaged three and four-year-olds instead of giving all children that age a bit more. Targeting the most needy would be a brave decision.