Following last week’s Liverpool news, today the Summer Born Campaign received a formal “supporting statement” from Councillor Lana Orr in the office of the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson. We are very grateful to this council for listening to us and doing what is right; and we only hope that more admission authorities might now follow suit.
“We believe that every child in our city deserves the very best education regardless of the month of their birth and that parental choice is of great importance. That’s why we will be amending our admissions policy to ensure that parents of summer born children – who wish to wait until compulsory school age before sending their child to school – will be able to send their child to reception aged five.“Reception is a crucial part of a child’s learning and we don’t want our children being denied the right to their reception year. Government recognise the importance of this issue and will be amending the School Admissions Code accordingly to ensure that “summer born children can be admitted to reception at the age of five, if this is in line with their parents’ wishes, and to ensure that those children are able to remain with the same cohort as they progress through school.”
“This change is welcome and in Liverpool we will start to follow this principle at the earliest opportunity – before Government changes are introduced. We want every child in our city to thrive at school and this means being able to access a full education.
“We commend the Summer Born campaign on the work they are doing. It’s right that parents of summer born children are able to request that their child enters reception aged five if they do not feel they are ready beforehand. We have listened to the persuasive arguments of campaigners and are happy to give our support to the campaign.“