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Postcode Lottery More Pronounced Than Ever

SB picLiterally up until midnight, parents of summer born children were debating whether or not to apply by today for a 2016 school place they do not want, – with many being told they must do this before their 2017 Reception class entry request will be processed.

Some have applied unwillingly, under threat of a forced Year 1 entry in 2017 if they don’t.

While others – whose admission authorities have responded swiftly and positively to the Schools Minister Nick Gibb’s recent call for action and/or communication from the Summer Born Campaign – have chosen freely whether to apply for early entry or wait until Reception class entry at CSAge with an uninterrupted education guaranteed.

More than three years after the Summer Born Campaign first highlighted this problem to the DfE, the summer born admissions lottery remains unclear, unfair and subjective – the exact opposite of everything the School Admissions Code promised to be – and for children and parents like these, the Minister’s promised new Code can’t come soon enough: Continue reading

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No News is No News

IMG_6842In September 2015, Schools Minister Nick Gibb published an open letter asking for “immediate action” by councils and academies to “admit summer-born children to reception class at the age of 5, if their parents want this [and] make sure the children can stay in this year group as they progress through school” and in November 2015, the DfE advised that the Code consultation would take place “in the New Year“.

However, with just hours to go before the January 15 deadline for this year’s primary school application round, there is still no confirmation as to when this will be. Continue reading

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Campaign Fights for Freedom of Information

The Summer Born Campaign supports the efforts of the Campaign for Freedom of Information, since the FOI Act has been hugely important in our work.

If you want more information or if you want to get involved (e.g. sign the petition), there is further information here. Continue reading

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Follow @sb_campaign for Latest Summer Born News

SB twitterEvery week, the Summer Born Campaign hears from parents whose head teachers and/or admission authorities have responded to their enquiries and requests for Reception class entry at CSAge.

Some responses are encouraging and positive while others are defiant and shocking.  For all the latest updates, posted on Twitter by Michelle Melson, follow @sb_campaign.

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Study: ADHD Dramatically Reduced with Later Kindergarten Enrollment

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Stanford’s Graduate School of Education has highlighted a new study titled, The Gift of Time? School Starting Age and Mental Health, which authors Professor Thomas S. Dee and Hans Henrik Sievertsen say “could help parents in viewing the pros and cons of postponing enrolling their child in kindergarten up to a year later.

Journalist George Zapo reports on their findings in his October 22 article, Delayed Kindergarten Enrollment Dramatically Reduces ADHD In Children, Study Shows,and reports how “Delaying kindergarten enrollment for one year shows significant mental health benefits for children” and “dramatically reduces inattention and hyperactivity at age seven“. Continue reading

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Why in God’s Name are Catholic Schools so Obsessed with Chronological Age?

IMG_3534Admission authorities’ responses to the Schools Minister’s ‘Take Immediate Action’ letter have been varied, but among those most stubbornly refusing to allow Reception class entry to CSAge summer born children are ‘own admission authority‘ schools within Catholic Dioceses – Why???

The Schools Minister Nick Gibb has said he wants summer born children to access a full 12 years of uninterrupted education (Sept.2015).

The National Governors’ Association has recommended that all its members allow Reception class entry at CSAge (June 2015).

Yet many Catholic schools are refusing to budge; Continue reading

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