As part of the Telegraph’s Election round up, Emily Gosden reported that Tristram Hunt, Labour’s shadow education secretary, said he would launch a review of the rules governing when summer born children start school.
“Taking part in a chat with Mumsnet, Mr Hunt acknowledged it was a “growing issue for many parents” and said an incoming education secretary would have to “look at it”.
He was asked by a member of the parenting website how he would address “the problem of the School Admissions Code being applied inconsistently by admission authorities nationally and the discrimination parents of summer born children face who wish for their child to start at the beginning of school at compulsory school age”.
Mr Hunt responded: “This is a growing issue for many parents. We recently had the court ruling in Staffordshire on the school admission of a summer-born baby and we’ve also recently had a report from the education Select Committee on precisely this issue. I do think that this is something any incoming Secretary of State for Education will have to take a look at.”
Despite numerous tweets I have yet been unable to get further comment on this. I really hope that if they do get into power be sticks to his word on this matter!