Due to the outrageous situation that exists in England’s schools (i.e. children forced to start school prior to compulsory school age, against their parents’ wishes), and the strictly imposed chronological batch cut off for each year group, in schools that opened their doors for the autumn term this week, summer born children aged just 3 years-old were entering Reception class for the first time.
Why? Because the cut off date is today, August 31st, but some school terms begin earlier than this.
And even if your child is born at 10pm on August 31st (as happened to one of our campaign group’s parents five years ago), your school and/or council can effectively force your child to start school a whole year earlier than compulsory school age, and the Department for Education will simply say ‘decisions are best made at a local level‘.
Mmmm… Are they always? Really?
This abdication of responsibility by the DfE for what’s in the best interests of some of the youngest and most vulnerable children in our education system (bearing in mind that the least affluent and educated parents will be able to exercise ‘choices’ such as private school alternatives or possibly home schooling) is quite possibly one of the longest running education scandals in this country.
Talk about setting children up to fail…