The DfE has today published a letter from Nick Gibb, the Minister of State for Schools, addressed to all parents, local authorities, admission authorities and schools in England.
Mr Gibb says, “We are going to make changes to admission rules – but we want councils and academies to take immediate action.”
His letter and the DfE’s press release “sets out the government’s plan to make a change to the school admissions code. The change would mean that schools can… admit summer-born children to reception class at the age of 5, if their parents want this [and] make sure the children can stay in this year group as they progress through school“.
Summer Born Campaign response:“We have maintained for years now, there is no excuse for admission authorities to deny children access to their Reception class year, and to a continuous curriculum thereafter, simply for starting school at England’s compulsory school age.
We welcome the recent announcement and open letter from schools minister Nick Gibb, and his proposed changes to The School Admissions Code, and we look forward to engaging in the formal consultation process.
Unless these changes become a mandatory requirement, the postcode lottery for summer born admissions will continue.”