Research and analysis

Improving school readiness: creating a better start for London

This report explains what school readiness is and the importance of ensuring children achieve a good level of development by the age of 5.



School readiness is a measure of how prepared a child is to succeed in school; cognitively, socially and emotionally.

This report presents:

  • the importance of school readiness
  • the economic case for investing in school readiness
  • a descriptive analysis of school readiness in London
  • a summary of the evidence of what works to improve school readiness in order to facilitate improvements in service planning and delivery