This tragic irony has not escaped parents of summer born children whose much-wanted education is being stolen from them under the guise of ‘flexibility‘ and ‘choice‘, but today this irony went one step further in the Department for Education response to the e-petition to Reverse Ban on Holiday’s During School Term Time. It said,“The law requires parents to ensure their school registered children (age between 5 and 16) to attend school regularly.”
Actually in our experience, this is from age 4, not 5….
“The Government believes that pupils are most successful in school when they can follow an uninterrupted programme of study with their peers, consolidate their newly acquired knowledge or skills, and apply them before moving on…”
So why is the DfE doing nothing about children who are forced out of one year group, away from their peers, and made to skip a whole year of their education?
“This cannot be achieved if their education is being disrupted unnecessarily…”
We agree completely – so what are you going to do to help our children?
“Most schools have 190 days of compulsory education in their academic year…”
Yes, and we’d like to ensure that our summer born children have fair and equal access to each and everyone of those 190 days – every year, for the full 7 years of primary school and the full 5 years of secondary school.
Or does the DfE believe, in the face of incontrovertible evidence on the disadvantages experienced by summer born children, that allowing schools and councils to take away one year of their education – on top of everything else – is more acceptable than parents who take their children away for some fun in the sun (or snow)?