Citing his Liberal Democrat and Labour peers Annette Brooke and Stephen Twigg inspiration, former Education Secretary Michael Gove has contacted the Summer Born Campaign group to offer his full and unwavering support.
He said, “I watched the March 4th Education Committee coverage and read all the evidence submitted by the campaign and parents of summer born children. I was shocked to discover that our education system and DfE policy has allowed children to lose – or be threatened with losing – a whole year of their education for no other reason than their parents choosing not to send them to school early.”
“Personally, I feel that an early start in school is a good thing, but I also feel that in a democracy where primary compulsory school age legislation and parents wishes are respected, and where all children are given the opportunity to thrive and experience fair and equal access to 12 years of school, without penalty, this postcode lottery must end.”
Mr. Gove added that he would personally contact his successor Nicky Morgan MP and ensure that urgent action is taken ahead of the April 16, 2015 offer day, when he knows parents of 3 year-old children will feel pressure, fear and uncertainty about the year ahead.