Early Day Motion tabled for Summer Born Children

vide 4x3 parliamentThanks to Annette Brook MP, the Early Day Motion below has been tabled this week, and signatures of support can be read here.

SCHOOL STARTING AGE FOR SUMMER-BORN PUPILS
Session: 2013-14
Date tabled: 10.06.2013
Primary sponsor: Brooke, Annette
Sponsors:
Bottomley, Peter
Meale, Alan

That this House notes with concern the robust and consistent evidence from around the world on birth date effects, which in England shows that summer-born children can suffer long-term disadvantages as a result of England’s inflexible school starting age; believes that the Government should ensure that parents of summer-born children are able to exercise their right to defer their child’s school start up until the statutory school start time, if that is their choice, without losing a place offered at the school of their choice for the September after their child’s fourth birthday because of funding issues; and calls on the Government to ensure that parents also have the choice of placing their child in a school reception class, rather than Year 1, at statutory school age, that is the September following their fifth birthday.

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One Response to Early Day Motion tabled for Summer Born Children

  1. Felicity rushworth says:

    My little boy is 4 days away from being in the year below he has found school difficult as he is nearly a year behind some children in his class also he is not developmentally ready to do the things he is required to do for the year group he is in. His teacher has said he is very able if he was in reception he would be in a higher ability group instead he is a lower one and has struggled all year to keep up with his peers.

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