The Times: Parents lose right to decide summer child’s school start

pre-school allianceThe headline says it all – compulsory school age LEGISLATIVE RIGHTS have in practice been eroded, just as our January 2014 Summer Born report exposed.

And as Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, and one of this campaign’s supporters, points out, “under the new guidance, admission authorities still have the right to completely disregard parents’ wishes — and worse still, parents do not have a right to appeal. This is clearly grossly unfair, and we would urge the government to reconsider its approach on this matter.

Education Editor Greg Hurst’s December 19 report, “Parents lose right to decide summer child’s school start” also includedthis quote from Mr. Leitch:

We believe that it should be for parents, and not just head teachers and admission authorities, to decide whether or not deferring entry into reception is the best interest of their child.

As the January 15 deadline fast approaches for applications to start primary school this September, this campaign has growing – shocking – evidence of the pressures being placed on parents to apply this year, against their will, while their child is still only 3 years old.

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2 Responses to The Times: Parents lose right to decide summer child’s school start

  1. Gem says:

    we have one of the youngest starting ages in the world and yet we are no where near the top of the achievement leagues compared to other countries – surely this should be shouting a clear message to those in power!


  2. Pingback: Prematurity Is Not The (only) Point – Legislation Covers All Summer Born Children | summerbornchildren

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