We know the Schools Minister Nick Gibb has today told all admission authorities in England, “We are going to make changes to admission rules – but we want councils and academies to take immediate action.”
But while one member of the Summer Born Campaign group received welcome news from her council (Phillippa Murphy’s daughter Poppy was facing forced Year 1 entry in Oxfordshire for September 2015), another member received this communication from the London Borough of Lewisham (an area affected by LIAAG communication – see our recent press release):
“Lewisham’s policy about the summer born children and their start date at school remains unchanged for September 2016 as objections to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator were not successful.
The Government has indicated their intention to consult on amendments to the current School Admissions Code however, until those changes are determined and a new School Admissions Code is issued, the current Code and non-statutory advice continues to apply.”
We are hopeful that more admission authorities will take the lead of Liverpool City Council, and we will keep readers updated with parents’ progress (many remain in the midst of battles with their local admission authorities), but if nothing else, communication such as the above will continue to clearly demonstrate why a mandatory change in the Code is necessary for the postcode lottery to end.
Written by author and journalist Pauline Hull